(Closed) Wedding announcements- is it too late / how do I let people know no reception?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
5955 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think that an announcement makes sense.  I wouldn’t say anything about the reception and just leave it at that.  If you don’t register for gifts (which I’d assume you haven’t) hopefully people will figure out that you aren’t asking for them.


If you think an announcement is too formal and will make people think you’re asking for gifts why not just give your relatives a phone call to communicate the good news? 

Post # 4
2640 posts
Sugar bee

I agree with cbqq.  Sorry about the death in your family, and your change of plans.

Post # 5
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

A wedding announcement is a great way to let people know you got married and will kind of draw your wedding to a conclusion and hopefully will get people to stop asking about the reception.

Post # 6
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

we’re eloping and we plan on mailing wedding announcments at the airport we catch our flight (to make sure no one gets them before we leave)

the announcements (message in a bottle theme with a note inside the bottle) saying we are eloping to be married on 23rd June we hope they share our happiness and as we are blessed with so much in our lives we ask that they share our joy.. something like that, still fiddling with the exact wording but bascially im trying to say "married, you werent invited, no gifts please"



Post # 7
1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

How about, we would like to announce wour marriage however, in keeping with a family loss we will not celebrate with a  reception


and leave it at that, if people give you a gift, then just take it; perhaps by pairing it with the loss they will understand you are in no mood to celebrate 

Post # 8
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

You don’t need to explain to anyone why you aren’t having a reception; it’s no one’s business (and you probably don’t want to put a damper on such a happy occasion by mentioning it in the announcement).  An announcement is the traditional way of letting people know you are married without inviting them to the actual event.

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