I have already sent out save-the-date cards for a big family event later this summer. It's my parent's 50th anniversary, but it's also going to end up being an awesome family reunion.
To set the tone of the event:
The event is being held at a motel/campground/RV park. It is a pig-roast buffet dinner and will be extremely casual.
The actual event is Saturday afternoon-evening, but most guests are coming on the Friday.
The location is out of town for everyone so people will basically show up and visit from Friday evening onwards. We'll "start the show" Saturday afternoon.
There is no such thing as a "dry" family gathering for us. We're not rowdy, but some social lubricant is part of any gathering.
My brothers and I are funding the event, but our budget only runs to wine and beer. We aren't putting any out before the "official start", but there will be plenty of soft drinks/water available as well as nibble food all afternoon.
I am drafting the formal invitations and have lots of questions.
1) Is it okay to indicate on the invite that beer and wine will be the only liquor we are providing? I am not going to put BYOB, but if anyone wants anything else, they are more than welcome to bring it. I'm not remotely sure on how to indicate this!
2) I am not going to say "No gifts", but I'd like to indicate an address if anyone wants to send a card. Is that okay and how should I word it?
3) We'd like to invite people to write a note to my parents, to be included in an album. I will include the stationary in with the invite as well as having some at the event for those that forgot it at home.
Is this okay? I will word it to indicate that this is completely voluntary!