(Closed) Small Ceremony/Lrg Reception, Need an Invitation Insert to Explain?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 4
3267 posts
Sugar bee

@laughingemotions: I would leave out the insert.  I think saying come to celebrate our marriage that took place on XXXXX date is enough. 

It is too wordy and like you are trying to justify it too much.

Post # 5
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree. I think saying “Come to our celebration!” is better than saying “We’re having a ceremony too, but sorry, you can’t come.”

Post # 8
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you tell people where the ceremony is but they aren’t invited, I think that’s more confusing (and some might show up anyway).


if you invite them to a celebration, I think that’s less confusing

Post # 10
24 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

You can just say :

Bride and Groom will be married in an intimate ceremony on Date.

Please join in celebrating their marriage on … then give reception info

If you dont make any mention to where the ceremony is then hopefully people would realize that they’re being invited to a reception and it shouldn’t be a big deal. Thats what my friend did atleast and it wasn’t a problem.

If people ask you about being included in the guests for the ceremony just be honest and say that the space is too small to accomodate everyone that you want to share your day with and that’s why you want to celebrate with the large reception.

Post # 12
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yeah I dont think its a good idea to tell them where the wedding is taking place, if they are not invited to the wedding. The invite should be worded in such a way that they get it.

“Come celebrate with us in XX Town after we say “I Do”!  and then fill in the rest of the reception information. No need for the insert about the ceremony site

Post # 13
5667 posts
Bee Keeper

@bells: This. I think keeping it simple and light is the best way to approach it. I wouldn’t talk about the ceremony at all.

Post # 14
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I just told people that we’d be married in a private family only ceremony earlier.   I think @bells: put it just right!  I think the way you (OP) are talking about it even in the revised version sounds like waaaay too much justification.  Stay simple and light-hearted.  You have nothing to apologize for!

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