Dance card invitations

Hi!!! I have a question about dance cards.....what do you think is the best way to word the invitation for guests that are being invited just for the dancing and drinks.....we are totally going over the number of guests and a friend suggested dance cards...what do you think?
Posted on February 9, 2008 at 10:29 am
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Wait I'm confused by this, you want to have a dance card? Do you mean a separate cocktail invitation? A "dance card" is a list of people who sign up to dance with you - like in a formal book. They're somewhat antiquated but may be fun. I think that's a quirky way to spend time with all of your guests!

If you mean a separate cocktail reception - I think that's a very smart way to help trim or guide guest lists but make sure its a different night. You don't want people to be invited to cocktails and wonder why they didn't make the cut for dinner if its clear people will be eating or have eaten. If you want it to be the same night - use a different location or room.
Posted on February 9, 2008 at 11:54 am
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Yes, a cocktail reception invite to the wedding.....the ceremony is at 6 and dinner is at 7 so have those invited guests to come at 8:30 to party....what do you think?
Posted on February 9, 2008 at 12:06 pm
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Oh yes, now we're on the same page! I think that's a great idea but like above I would make sure they can't tell a dinner went on - otherwise they may feel left out. And make a strict rule - like family only or something. I think it is a smart way to celebrate with tons of friends without breaking the bank!
Posted on February 9, 2008 at 12:08 pm
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Thanks!!
Posted on February 9, 2008 at 12:20 pm
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Hmmm...I have been to a few weddings like this and I have to say...it's not fun for those "joining the party" once they realize that they weren't invited to the entire celebration.

So...you have to be VERY careful with this approach. Will the dinner be at a different location from the dancing and cocktails? Will you serve cake at this part?

So are you inviting EVERYONE to the ceremony and only a few to the dinner and then EVERYONE to the cocktail/dance party? I think you need to be very careful with this approach. You can make it work, but need to make sure that you present it properly otherwise it can look like you're inviting more folks and looking for gifts, etc.

Also be sure that your timeline 6 pm ceremony, 7 pm dinner, 8:30 pm dancing is not too tight. Again, not fun for those only invited at 8:30 pm if the dinner has gone long. Definitely creates a "B List" feeling.

To answer the question of how to invite...I would do two invites...one for the folks that are being invited to the whole kit and caboodle and then a second one that goes to the Dance Party invites that says something like:

Bride's Name and Groom's Name
will be married in a private ceremony
at YYZ Church
City

Please join the newlyweds in celebration of their marriage
with Dessert and Dancing
Date
Time
Location
City

Good luck! If you can just cut the list to guests you can invite to the whole day, that would be the most ideal.
Posted on February 9, 2008 at 1:16 pm

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