- His Lioness
- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
Hi, Instead of a rehearsal dinner, we’re doing a casual welcome party and inviting all guests to attend since everyone is traveling from Out of Town. The wedding is in Key West!
I’m sticking an insert in with the wedding invitation to let everyone know about the Friday night plan, but I want to keep it very casual. I’m going to put the time on the insert, but I dont want people to feel like they have to come right at that time, and I want people to feel like they can leave wheneve they want. What is a good way to word this: “please join us around 5:30”, “starting at 5:30”, “anytime between 5:30-8pm”. Help?
I’d like to be cute in telling them that it’s a Welcome Party… or a Welcome BBQ (except I dont really know what to call it). I really just want people to get together to mingle and so we get a chance to hang out with them before the wedding day. As for food, we’re grilling out – hamburgers/hotdogs/sausages, etc. I can’t really call it a BBQ because the reception meal the next night is BBQ (pig roast) so I dont want people to get the wrong idea. The term “cookout” comes to mind, but don’t really want to use that term. Any other suggestions for what this could be called, besides “Welcome Party”. 🙂
Finally, I want it to be understood that we’re feeding them. We’ll also be providing open-bar (beer/wine only this night). So I thought at the bottom I could say “Casual attire, we’ll provide dinner and drinks”… but it just isn’t coming across the way I’d like it to. Maybe it doesn’t even need to be said? Is it implied?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.