Reception Invitation Wording

Categories Reception + Resources + Wedding Planning + Wedding Stationery

Stumped for wedding wording? We recently received this “reception wording”” question from Andrea:

“Hey! So we’re having a DIY wedding! …The parking for my venue is actually in a different location and we’ll be having a trolley transport guests to the venue. The reception is following, but it will be a late reception. Also, because everything will be taking place a little later, and we’re on a very tight budget, we will not be serving dinner. It will be drinks, and desserts. I know it’s a lot to put on my invitations, but I feel like it needs to be understood to not come with an empty tummy… HELP please!”

I agree with Andrea! Unless guests are told otherwise, they will most likely come with expectations of being fed. Here are a few options for Andrea to clearly communicate the events of the day.

Need to communicate:

  • transportation details
  • light reception of drinks & dessert {no meal} + timing
  • how to suggest grabbing a meal beforehand

Wording solutions: 
If reception is at same location as ceremony and immediately follows the ceremony:

  • Wording the Invitation- add specific “light reception” info to the bottom of your invitation. The word “light” is key for informing guests that a full meal will not be served.
  • Guest Information Card–for specific info your guests will need. Here, you can communicate the details for the: trolley, light reception, wedding website, etc.

SPREAD THE WORD: In addition to the “light reception” wording at the bottom of your invite, another effective {and budget-saving} way of informing guests not to come with an “empty tummy” is to let them know via email, by phone or your wedding website. Make it easy {and fun!} for your guests–add area restaurants and menu ideas to your wedding website so they can plan ahead and even gather together for a meal on their own.

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RECEPTION CARDS

If your reception is at a separate location from {and does not immediately follow} your ceremony, it’s customary to treat it with a separate card: the Reception Card. The idea behind this handy info card is to lay out the reception specifics for your guests.

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Are you stumped for wedding wording? Leave us a comment!

featured invitation: Forever & Ever Rectangle Wedding Invitation & Guest Info Card

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Farm-to-Table: Menu Cards

Categories Inspiration + Reception + Wedding Planning

Farm fresh. Locally grown. The farm-to-table movement is exciting to see in weddings too! Reception food is becoming just as personalized as the rest of the event. Eating is a social activity–and what better way to gather and celebrate than with fresh, local food with the ones we love! A few ideas:

wedding styles: rustic, garden/outdoor
reception stationery: feature personalized menu cards to showcase your organic menu
venues: local farm, winery, natural areas

tips:
plan early as you reach out to local producers: chefs, vendors and farms
be flexible- menus are dependent on season & availability

wedding menu cards

above: Graphic Bloom Menu Card

Coordinate your personalized Menu Card with the rest of your stationery suite and put the spotlight on your farm-to-table menu. Browse all of our Menu Card designs.

What do you think of farm-to-table weddings?

 

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Doable DIY: Wedding Photo Booth

Categories Reception + Wedding Planning

“Doable DIY” is our new recurring blog series about easy, affordable DIY wedding ideas. We’ll be taking today’s top wedding trends and translating them into practical DIY projects. Let the creativity begin!

Doable DIY: Wedding Photo Booth

Below, Truly Engaged writer (and recent bride) Rachel shares her own experience with DIY photo booths.

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Peanut butter and jelly. Photo booths and wedding receptions. Some things are just {destined} to go together! So naturally, when I was planning my wedding last year, I envisioned having a photo booth at my reception. The silly snapshots, the funky hats, the feather boas…I wanted it all!

However, I couldn’t justify coughing up $500, $1000, or up to $1500 (gulp!) to hire a professional photo booth rental company. Plus, my wedding budget simply didn’t have room for it. If I was going to have a photo booth, I would need to do it myself. After a little research and creativity, I was able to create my own DIY photo booth for under $400.

For today’s post, I’m going to “pull back the curtain” and share how my husband and I were able to pull off our homemade photo booth. Perhaps it will inspire some of you to create your own, too!

FIVE STEPS TO PHOTO BOOTH: HOW I DIYed IT

Step #1: Buy Camera + Film
I adore the look and feel of those vintage Polaroid cameras, so I didn’t want to use an iPhoto, Instagram, or really anything digital (though there are plenty of blogs out there that show you how to go the digital route, if you’re interested in that). I found old Polaroid cameras online, but hunting down the proper film for them was difficult, and the film itself was pretty expensive.

After shopping around online, I discovered a Fujifilm Instax mini 7S at Walmart that cost a very reasonable $70. It had very good reviews online, too. Success! For film, I found some Instax Twin Packs  on Amazon. We bought enough Twin Packs to have each of our 90 guests take two pictures: one to keep, and one for our guestbook.

{Fun Guestbook Idea}

Instead of a book, we used a mailbox. We also made personalized note cards that guests could write on, then seal in an envelope with their photo booth snapshot.

Step #2: Find Props
I learned that the most affordable way to obtain photo booth props was to follow the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle! My friend had stocked up on photo booth props for her own wedding reception a few months back, so she graciously lent us her mustache lips, clown wigs, and other goodies to use at our own reception.

I also found some other affordable ways to get DIY photo booth props:

Step #3: Scout Out Photo Booth Location

Since we didn’t plan to build an “actual” booth, we visited our reception venue and looked for little “nooks” that could house the photo booth station. Luckily, there was a little U-shaped area near the restrooms that had french doors, flanked by two walls. Perfect!

Step #4: Create Backdrop
We wanted to balance the kooky photo booth props with a simple, solid-colored backdrop. Since the french doors already had a built-in curtain rod, we were able to drape a bed sheet over it and voila! Instant backdrop.

Step #5: Enlist Helpers
We had a few of our teenage cousins, nieces, and nephews help manage the photo booth area during the reception. They worked in pairs, and took turns in shifts so that they could also enjoying visiting, eating, and bustin’ a move on the dance floor.

And you know what? They had a blast! They loved snapping pics and helping the guests find silly ensembles for the photos. They even swooned over the camera itself (I’m guessing because it reminds them of Instagram).

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There are many ways to make a DIY photo booth for a wedding reception, but hopefully my method offers some inspiration for future brides and grooms. (For more ideas, check out Doug and Emily‘s super fun DIY photo booth.)

What about you: Did you go the DIY route for your wedding photo booth? Do you have any tips/advice for other couples on how to pull it off? Share your thoughts!

DIY Wedding Photo Booths

Wedding photos courtesy of Megan Wendt Photo + Design.

Happy Friday,

Rachel for MagnetStreet Weddings

Rachel

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Wedding Bouquet Toss: In or Out?

Categories Reception + Wedding Planning

 

The wedding bouquet toss might be a timeless tradition but nevertheless, its popularity is waning. Should it stay for posterity’s sake or is this ancient practice seeing its last days?

Why do we toss the wedding bouquet anyway?
The bouquet toss is specifically for the single ladies at the wedding. It is said that whoever catches it will be the next to marry.

How did this tradition start?
In Medieval times, a bride on her wedding day was considered to have good luck–especially in the area of fertility. Because guests wanted some of that good luck for themselves, they would tear at her clothing so that they could get lucky too {so to speak}. So, in efforts to keep clothed and clothing in tact, brides began the clever distraction of tossing the bouquet. Guests got lucky and she kept her dress from being shredded. Win. Win.

Why the bouquet toss might be on its way out:
1. Some feel it’s an awkward and undignified tradition for all the single ladies.
2. Some feel it takes too much time to organize the toss–thus, taking away from the reception itself.
3. It’s a superstitious tradition and isn’t relevant anymore.
4. Possibility of injury as guests rush to catch the bouquet.

Reasons to keep the bouquet toss tradition alive:
1. It’s a fun tradition and guests expect it {especially older guests}.
2. It’s another way to get guests interacting out on the dance floor.

Alternatives to the traditional bouquet toss
1. Don’t single out the single ladies. Ask all the women {married and single} to participate.
2. Honor the longest married couple with your bouquet.
3. Honor your parents with your bouquet.
4. Honor your grandparents with your bouquet.
5. Throw a break-away bouquet {3 small bouquets tied together}. Tradition is kept and not only will the luck be spread around, there is less likelihood of someone getting hurt in the process.

 

So what do you think?

Should the bouquet toss stay, or go? Why?

 

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