Inviting guests to evening reception, but not the ceremony or wedding breakfast.

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  • Posted: 10 Jan 2020 17:05

    Inviting guests to evening reception, but not the ceremony or wedding breakfast.

    My future husband and I are planning to get married in april. We are having a small intimate wedding with just close relatives, a best man and MoH. If everyone invited comes this will be around 12 guests.

    We are on a tight budget for the wedding and had planned to have an after ceremony wedding breakfast with just those who attended the ceremony.

     

    We are now wondering whether it is rude or acceptable to invite others to celebrate with us after the wedding breakfast, in the evening. We are not expecting them to bring gifts, just party with us.

     

    I'm just wondering what people's thoughts are on this as they will not have attended the ceremony or wedding breakfast...

     

    Thanks

  • Posted: 13 Jan 2020 10:26

    Re: Inviting guests to evening reception, but not the ceremony or wedding breakfast.

    That is completely acceptable. I’ve had invites to evening receptions only in the past. 

    If you feel uncomfortable doing that, then you could always tell people you are having a VERY small wedding due to budget constraints but want a bigger evening party. Most people would understand. X 

  • Posted: 13 Jan 2020 10:27

    Re: Inviting guests to evening reception, but not the ceremony or wedding breakfast.

    I don't see this as a problem at all. We are having 40 for the wedding reception and inviting around 20 to 30 more for the evening reception.

    We've also been to many weddings where we have only been invited in the evening.

  • Posted: 17 Jan 2020 16:13

    Re: Inviting guests to evening reception, but not the ceremony or wedding breakfast.

    Phrase it on the invitations saying

    Please join us for the celebration of the marriage (or something similar)

    On the bottom of the invitation put:

    "Private ceremony to be held earlier in the day"

  • Posted: 22 Jan 2020 11:10

    Re: Inviting guests to evening reception, but not the ceremony or wedding breakfast.

    Having separate guestlists for day and evening is standard protocol, I wouldn't worry :)

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