My fiance and I are having a private ceremony (family only plus wedding party), and then doing a reception/celebration about 6 to 8 weeks later for all the extended family and friends. My plan was to have wedding announcements be a combination of being both an announcement and an invitation. Basically it will be "Hey we're married! We would love to celebrate with you, so we are having a reception on this day and this time" except all in that polite, politically-correct wording so as to not hurt anyone's feelings. Long story short, I am planning to have the wedding announcement/reception invitations ready to send out immediately (like the next day) after the ceremony.
While we have not yet pinned down the date for the reception, we know it will be in the heart of wedding season (aka June or July). I don't want to just spring a reception on my extended family and friends last minute....So is it okay to send out Save the Dates that specify a reception-only celebration before the ceremony takes place? Or do I just spring it on them at the last minute and hope for the best?