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How do I word my wedding invitation for a 'formal backyard' wedding?
We are having the ceremony in a church and the reception in our backyard, however, it is not going to be a casual BBQ-type reception. There will be tents, linens, etc. It is more elegant than a typical backyard party. When guests see the invitation, I want them to know they should dress appropriately for the occasion. The reason I am asking is because my family went to a 'backyard' wedding this year which was very casual. I don't want them to think this is the same type of wedding.

Married: 06/07/2008
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Posted On: Nov 14, 2007 at 9:58 AM | Vendors are allowed | Add to My Watchlist | Flag As Inappropriate

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studio G occasions
Nov 14, 2007 at 2:01 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
The best way to indicate formailty is to set the tone with your invitations, save the dates, and/or wedding website. Use a classic style, formal wording (as in, "Mr & Mrs. Edward Perfect request the honour of your presence at the marriage of their daughter...") You may want to use words like "dinner and dancing to follow immediately in the garden pavillion" which implies its not on the back patio.
Nov 19, 2007 at 1:03 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
On the invitation print:

"Reception immediately following the ceremony at the home of XXXXX."

On the bottom of the response card state the attire.

Semi-formal attire please
Formal attire please
Semi-formal garden attire please

Married: 07/06/2007
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Nov 14, 2007 at 9:33 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I agree with the prior answer. Also consider adding something like, Black Tie welcomed at bottom of invitation, just so that they automatically assume its not casual. Good luck!

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