My fiance and I are not very well off financially. We are doing our ceremony at the justice of the peace, and will probably go out to dinner afterwards somewhere locally. We want to invite close family and friends to the reception, and to the dinner afterwards... but I'm not sure how to word the invitations to let the guests know we expect them to pay for their own meal. I don't want to word it in such a way that people think they need to come to the dinner, because they don't. I don't want anyone to feel pressured into it, but I certainly can't afford to feed everyone either.
SO and I just had our wedding two weeks ago. We did it at our house. SO grilled hotdogs and hamburgers. We had chips and veggies too. We had our son's birthday party after the ceremony. We invited just our immediate family and a few close friends. It was wonderful!
We don't really have anywhere to have a reception, plus that would mean cooking for everyone lol. We're currently trying to save for a new place & vehicle, or I would have no problem paying for others. I like the suggestions above though, thank you ladies :)
My husband and I got married in our Pastor's office and we went out afterwards. Our close friends paid for us. If you're just doing something at the JOP, I really wouldn't worry about invitations. Or just say something like We will be getting married on whatever day. You are welcome to join us at XYZ restaurant.