I am going to be working on my invitiations soon, and my fiance and I have decided that we are going to only be serving cupcakes, and possibly fruit at our reception and we need to figure out how to word this for the invitations, so people are not expecting something big and extravagent for food.
We are doing this for two major reasons, one is that my family only likes to eat terrible food which is contrary to the dietary norm of my fiance and I. While we are not vegitarian or vegan we often go days without meat and eat minimal processed foods and when we do eat meat we use it more of like a side with our main dishes of plant based foods which is full of seasonings and flavor. My family on the other hand loves their processed foods and meats, starches, and the occasional canned veggie or iceberg lettuce salad, all with minimal seasonings (when it is "fresh" food) because it takes away from the flavor of the meat. Even something as a meatless pasta bar dinner- mutiple pasta sauces and pasta, a few prepared full dishes, salad, and fresh bread, wouldnt go over well because my family would not appreciate the attempt at a meal and expect prime rib.
Also we are hosting an evening wedding, sunset in the summer, so it wont start until like 7ish at night anyways. The only people really traveling for this have family in the area, the rest live within 20 minutes or so of the venue. So people have the opportunity to eat dinner before the ceremony. It will be a small wedding with people we see often anyways so the reception is going to be low key and allow people to just socialize for a while before going home.