Q&A: Invitation Wording: In Case of Bad Weather?

Q: I am considering having an outdoor wedding in March, but am concerned about unpredictable weather at that time of year. I can make backup arrangements, but how should I handle this on the invitations? Is it wrong to list a second location with the words "in case of bad weather" on the invites?

A: That's exactly what you should do: Plan on an alternate location in case of bad weather (or plan to have an extra tent on hand at the outdoor site), then let your guests know. It's completely appropriate to include this information on your invitations. Some couples include a separate rain card enclosure with the invitation, which provides the 411 on what to do and where to go if in case of rain or snow.

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Q&A: Invitations: Destination Wedding Etiquette?

My fiance and I are getting married in Maui and know that not all the 200 guests we would like to invite will make it. When we come back home, we are going to have a reception for everyone not able to make the trip. I've read that when getting married away and returning home to a reception, you should only send out wedding invitations to those you know can and will attend the wedding, then send out separate invitations for the reception. We both feel very strongly about sending invitations to everyone and then including (at the bottom) that a reception will be held in our honor when we return. We are afraid that if we follow etiquette, we will hurt people's feelings. Do we follow the rules or do what we feel is right?

by The Knot