My FH and I really want a small, intimate wedding. But we've got a lot of family and friends who might be offended if we don't invite them. We're planning a second wedding reception that will be more casual, and larger. But we're not sure how to word the invitations, especially as some people will be invited to both. Can you help?
I'd print two totally separate invitations. Send the invitations to the small wedding first. They should be worded like any other wedding invitation. (See sample wedding invitation wording here.
) Then send out invites to your second reception, which could read something like "Mr. and Mrs. AbbysMomandDad invite you to a celebration of the wedding of their daughter, Abby Smith to Handsome Groom." Another alternative: "Come raise a glass and toast the recent wedding of Abby Smith and Handsome Groom! A backyard wedding celebration. June 28, 2008. The Smith Home, 49 Huckleberry Way."
But if you really want a small wedding, consider that planning a second reception will likely be more work, stress, and money than if you'd just had one medium-sized wedding. People will understand when you tell them, "Our wedding was so beautiful and intimate, just us and our immediate families." Good luck!