(Closed) Second Reception Invitation Wording

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

This sounds like a recipe for disaster! I can promise you that everyone will find out- these things have a way of getting around- and many will likely be offended.  Even having the smaller reception on a different day would go a long way towards making it less offensive. Is that an option?

Post # 4
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Yea, I vote for different day, or much later at night. There is only one hour inbetween the big reception and small reception. It seems like there should be 3 hours at least so people who linger won’t find out they weren’t invited to the other one. I’m not sure how you should word the invitation if you decide to do so. Something along the lines of, “You’re invited to a special reception for close family and friends at 5pm”. I don’t think it’s fair to tell them to keep it on the down-low… you are the one who didn’t invite the rest of the people. You have to take responsibility if/when they find out that they’re not invited. It shouldn’t be a big deal, just let them know it’s a special reception for family and friends.

Post # 5
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

maybe word it like.. “you are invited to continue the celebration during a private ceremony for close friends and family…”

i’m not sure if that’s along the lines of what your looking for! i’m in a similar situation as you, but in the end my fiance and i decided it was better to have the reception on a different day!

maybe try to be more honest about it rather than keep it on the DL… we chose a venue that was smaller than we had hoped for but eveything else was perfect… I’ve just been saying “i would love to be able to invite you but i have a huge family” and i’ve had only one or two bad responces to that… and i really think that for people to flip out about it is selfish on their part! it’s your day!

Good luck!

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