An open house wedding is casual, and does not require guests to RSVP to your invitation because you are giving them permission to just stop by if they can make it. Even if your wedding reception is open to your guests, you must still specify the details of the event on your invitation, so that guests know the appropriate times to come over.
The style of your invitation should complement the style of your wedding. For a casual open house wedding, stick with casual invitations. You might look for invitations that have flower or vine graphics on them, or are not too frilly and formal. Another thing to consider about your invitations is the font. Some fonts are more formal than others. Select a casual font, such as a straight font instead of swirly cursive or calligraphy.
A wedding invitation not only announces your ceremony and reception, but it also lets invitees know what type of wedding it is. If the theme of your wedding is Open House, this must be specified on the wedding announcement of the invitation. You can write, "Open House Wedding" at the top of your invitation.
Open House Time Frame Details
You don't want your wedding guests to wander in too early or too late, so provide specific time frame details in your open house wedding invitation. You can say, "Please join us between 3 and 10 p.m." or "The ceremony will commence at 5:30 p.m., with the reception immediately following," which lets your guests know the earliest they can arrive. An invitation without an end time tells invitees that they can stay until the party is officially over.
You can send an open house wedding invitation without RSVP response cards. However, if you want to still get an approximation of how many of your invitees will make it, you can write "Regrets Only" on the bottom of your wedding invitation. The "Regrets Only" statement is appropriate for weddings where the host does not need an accurate head count.
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