(Closed) stuck on wording for garden party RECEPTION in different location

posted 13 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I think you’re creating stuff to worry about!

Won’t most people assume there’s going to be food?  I don’t think it’s really necessary to mention that.

Also- most people assume that the reception follows the ceremony- that’s why people with big gaps in between are always on here asking how to explain it.

Why not just say- "Reception to be held in the garden of the XYZ at 6pm."

If you are including an insert with directions, mention that the travel time is 30min so guests can head directly from the ceremony to the venue.

Post # 5
1652 posts
Bumble bee

What time is the reception.  I think the rule of thumb is to specifically address if the reception does not include dinner, not if it does.  Having dinner at the reception is the standard.  Also, is it informal?  Saying Sunday supper sounds more relaxed than saying dinner. 

I can see a bit of a dilemma in that when a reception is in a different location than the ceremony, there is usually a longer gap.  However by saying "reception to immediately follow", makes one believe the reception is in the same location as the ceremony.  My first recommendation would be to try to adjust these times a bit.  If there is no way to adjust the events so that your guests will have more time to get to the reception, I would be prepared for some folks to be a bit late.  Some people are going to want to make a pit stop, freshen up at home/hotel, drive slow, or buy a new pair of pantyhose.  But that is beside the point.

To answer your question, I think it’s fine to say what rosychicklet said. But if you feel you need to add the part about dinner, why not just say,

"Please join us for the reception in the ______ Gardens at 6pm.  Dinner will be served at 6:30pm".

This way they will know there is dinner, and that will give them a little bit of time if they need to do something beforehand.

I also agree you can put extra info on the map insert saying the recption is about 30 minutes from the ceremony.

Post # 6
29 posts
  • Wedding: August 2022

What about "dinner and dancing immediately to follow at XYZ Gardens"


WIth the info on the map insert (or on the back of the program, if you’re having one), people will mostly likely get the hint- usually wedding guests travel in packs, so if enough of your close friends and family know where to go, ususally the word will spread as people leave the ceremony site.


One teeny tiny point though- if you do use "to immediately follow", switch it up to "immediately to follow" (just for grammar reasons)

 I hope this helps you!  Be sure to pass more ideas by all of us if you come up with any other options! Have a great day! 

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