Q. I am stumped!! We
are getting married in St. Lucia, but we are not
having many guests. BUT...we want to send
announcements that also invite our friends and family
to an informal "reception"/"welcome home- we got
married" gathering at our house (we are hosting it our
selves, as well as the wedding).
How would we word the
Could we do it all on one card? Also,
how can we let them know that later in the evening the
reception will turn into a part?
AND, what is the proper way to inform
people of our registry locations?
is acceptable for you to use one invitation for both
the announcement and the reception. You might say
something like, "Gina West and Ivan Bates announce
their marriage on_____ at ____. Please join us for a
reception to celebrate." Then give the reception
details. I suggest that you work with an invitations
dealer, not a catalog, so that you can create just the
right wording. You might also visit a paper outlet
and purchase blank invitations/announcements and print
your own. There really is no need to let them know
that a party will follow. Once they arrive, you can
tell them, or you can put a time frame on the
invitation or any other wording that you want, such
as, "Reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. followed by a
party for those who want to stay later."
Unfortunately, there is
no socially acceptable way to mention gifts in an
invitation. You can, however, tell parents, family
and friends where you are registered, then let them
spread the word.
Best wishes to the two