I'm working on invitations but realize I have no idea what the etiquette is on this. Our only option for our church was a Friday evening wedding. It will be a full mass lasting an hour from 6:30-7:30 pm. We're having everyone head straight to the reception venue (about half a mile away) for a reception that will go from 8-midnight. Since the reception was so late we had originally planned on heavy
hors d'oeuvres but then realized that there is no good time for our guests to eat if they get to the church at 6ish. So we'll doing a full buffet and open bar for the entirety of the reception. I'm aware this is a late dinner but unless they want to eat incredibly early in the day, I don't feel like appetizers are appropriate. That being said, I want to put something on the invitation so everyone is aware that, while late, there will be a full meal and open bar. Etiquette-wise, how do I word that? Do I really need to pay for an insert in the envelope with just that information when I have a ton of room on the back of the invitation itself? I don't want my guests to open up an invite with a bunch of different inserts and it seems silly to pay for all of those extras when I could just put it on the back. So I guess double question. Part 1: Is this wording appropriate? If not, how should it be worded so that everyone is clear on what will be offered to them: Buffet Reception and drinks to immediately follow at 8 pm (followed by the address). Part 2: Can I put that on the back of our invitations or is it more appropriate to have another insert on top of maps and RSVP's and Registry info?