(Closed) Tricky invitation wording…don't want to offend…

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Send out 2 different sets of invitations- one with a ceremony card and a reception card, the other with a reception card only.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@BooRadley:  Exactly.

OP, you need to order two sets.  One indicates the invitation to the Friday ceremony, and the second mentions only the celebration of your marriage and absolutely nothing about the ceremony.

Post # 5
Hostess
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Galang_Gyal:  I knew some couples that had did a suprise reception for family and friends under a different guise. Send out the reception invites under the idea of a bon voyage party and then when guests arrive you can announce your happy news?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I haven’t heard that rule that it’s in poor taste. I had a Destination Wedding but we sent out our AHR invites before we were married.

We just wrote:

Bride & Groom will be married in a private ceremony on (date)

Together with their families they invite you to celebrate their marriage on (date)

Simple and I don’t see how that’s tacky.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Galang_Gyal:  I don’t think you need to mention your wedding date at all on the reception-only invitations.  They only need to read “we invite you to celebrate our marriage at time and date and place.”

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

i said “we invite you to join us as we celebrate our marriage”

it didn’t say wedding, cause it isn’t a wedding. but it is a celebrating of our marriage!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You can make it an invitation to “a barbeque celebrating the marriage of xxx”. That would clear up any confusion over whether or not it’s a wedding

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