My fiancé and I work for separate small companies, but in the same work space. We know we'll have to invite everyone from both of our offices to the wedding (about 50 people), but our goal from the beginning was to keep the wedding intimate so we could bond with our families and close friends. So I heard of a tiered reception and how they're becoming more and more common.
Here's how I've planned it...
- Family, all out of town guests, and our best friends are invited to the ceremony (1pm Catholic wedding) and then to the reception space for cocktail hour/dinner and speeches (starting at 5:30). That'll be about 150 people.
- After dinner is over we'll clear the space and invite all of our in-town friends, neighbors, co-workers to join us for the dancing and desserts portion (starting at 7:30). The bar will be open, the DJ will have just started, and I've set up a large dessert bar so that they won't feel like they've missed out on special treatment. Oh! And everyone will be allowed to bring a +1.
Our wedding is also over 4th of July weekend, so I thought our in town guests would maybe appreciate us not taking up their entire day, and they'd just like to party with us at night with treats and free booze.
I know it's a fine line and lots of people think this is rude, but I'm hoping to make everyone feel special.
1. How do I do Save the Dates? My idea is to send a StD to the people invited to the whole thing, and then a card that says to "Save the Evening" for a dancing event to the in-town guests.
2. Has anyone done this and have recommendations on how to make this go seamlessly?