I know this has probably been asked, and some won't agree with this but I'd appreciate some help.
We are getting married in a small church in May. The church is extremely sentimental, as my parents were married here and it holds so much family history. The problem - it holds 50 people max. Our guest list of just family is right around there, accounting for those who we know won't make it. Therefore, we will have a private family ceremony and a larger reception afterward.
Just some info on the tentative timeline: The ceremony is 5 p.m. and will run approximately 30 minutes. Pictures and drive time to the reception push our arrival to the reception around 6:30 p.m. For those who won't attend the ceremony, 6 p.m. will be the reception start time and of course the bar will be open with appetizers for their 30 minute wait.
I plan to send out separate invitations. I need help in wording the reception only guests invitations. Most of our guests are aware of the circumstances already and are totally accepting and plan to still attend. I just want to make sure it's communicated properly.
Thanks in advance!