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04-18-2009, 05:00 PM
Help! I have to write out the invitations for our wedding reception party thing.. and I really have no idea how to do it. I mean, there really is no wedding to invite people to, it's just a barbecue in the backyard, but I have these invitations I need to write to these people I've never met.. and I'm just so clueless.

04-18-2009, 05:17 PM
Found some suggestions here (http://ask.metafilter.com/17556/Wedding-Reception-Invitation-Wording). Similar situation - couple getting married at the courthouse and inviting people to a restaurant reception afterward. The first suggestion sounds reasonable; just don't include the time/place of the wedding itself, since they're not being invited to it (whether it's because there just isn't a ceremony or you're keeping it small/going to the courthouse). Something like:

Adam & Eve
Will be joined in marriage
Whenever 2009

Please join them in celebration
at a BBQ reception
Hosted by whoever

If you want to be less formal, you could just do something simple like

Adam and Eve are getting married on X day!
The ceremony will be small but the celebration will be big.
Come celebrate with us at a BBQ on DATE at PLACE and TIME.

04-18-2009, 10:27 PM
Just pull out any wedding invitation/announcement you've seen, and adjust it to your needs. For example, I'll use my friend Cat's most recent one as a skeleton, and plug the changed information in as such:

It is with great joy that we, Setsunaela and Setsunaela's Fiance invite you to share in the celebration of our love at our wedding reception on Monday, June 8, 2009 at Bubba's Backyard Bar and Barbecue in Jesterville, AZ.

You get the idea. :lol:

04-18-2009, 11:07 PM
Depending on how formal you want the invitations, here are a couple examples:

(this one is a bit formal)

Setsunaela and Husband
Request the honour
of your attendance
at the celebration
of their marriage

The Reception will take place
at four o'clock on
May third, two thousand and nine


and then on a separate little insert, you can explain that the reception will be a casual BBQ

(more informal)

Setsunaela and Husband
would like to request the pleasure
of your company
at a barbecue reception
following a private wedding ceremony



Generally, if it's a casual reception you'd go with a casual invitation. But these days you can pretty much do whatever you want. My wife and I had a (very) casual wedding ceremony and reception, but we had more formal invitations.

04-20-2009, 04:17 PM
also, depending on what you want (and whats in your area). Take a notepad and go to a kinkos and peruse the Wedding Invitation Catalogs and canabolize them to make your own. (they have a fuckton of these things to look thru).