Wedding Idea: Since many venues have very elaborate cocktail hours and much of the food goes to waste when the hour is over why not have a continuous cocktail hour and then later in the evening have wedding cake and desserts. Make sure you have plenty of stations with food.
When ordering wedding invitations make sure you buy an outer and inner envelope. You may write "and Guest" on the inner envelope. It should not be added to the outer envelope.
Wedding Music: When choosing music for your wedding make sure to include songs that are appropriated for all ages. Remember there will be young and older people attending your wedding. Also ask the band or DJ to lower the volume so that your guests can speak to each other. If the music is too loud your guests will leave early.
When sending out your wedding invitations do not send one out to the parents of the bride and groom. The invitation is handed to them. Also do not add the Respond Card in the invitation. It is given that they will attend.
Wine Ceremony: I thought I would pass this along. This is the first time I heard of it. This takes place at the wedding ceremony. It is called the Wine Ceremony. It goes something like this. The bride and groom write a letter to each other on their love for each other and why they decided to get marry. During the wedding ceremony they place it in a box with a bottle of wine. They keep it for the future just in case there is a problem in the marriage. Then they open the box, read the letters and drink the wine.
Assembling Wedding Invitations:
Start with the invitation. Then place a piece of tissue over it (if the company gave you one).
Place the reception card on top of it. Then take the respond card and place it under the flap of the respond envelope. (Do not place it inside the response envelope). Then put it on top of the reception card. If you have anything else such as direction you may place it on top of the respond card. You should have received two large envelopes with your invitations. One is a little smaller than the other. Take all the materials that you just assembled and put them in the envelope that is a little smaller than the other. On the outside of this envelope write the name of the person to be invited. Such as Mr. and Mrs.------- or Miss-------, etc. You may also write “and Guest” on this envelope.
On the other envelope write out the name and address of the person to be invited. Then slip the smaller envelope in the larger one. Make sure the names are showing when you place it in the envelope.
Looking for a reception site for your party or wedding.
Ask if they have an elevator for guests that cannot use the stairs.
Ask if you have to pay for the count (number of people coming) you give them before the occasion or the actual number that are there on the day of the wedding.
If you are having a cocktail hour first ask if it is just passed food or
will they have stations where your guests may go up and take what they wish. Make sure they supply some tables and chairs during the cocktail hour.
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