How to word an anniversary invitation that will be held at a resort?

by Helen
(Richland, WA)

My husband and I want to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary at a destination resort. It is 300-800 miles from where family and guests live. We are inviting only family and very close friends. We plan to pay for all meals, drinks, and celebrations over a two-day period. May we quietly pay for rooms for some and not others? How do we word the invitations (for us paying and not paying for the rooms)?

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Invitation Wording
by: Ms P Etiquette

Dear Helen~

Congratulations on the occasion of your 50th wedding anniversary. How splendid!
Your questions regarding the logistics of your celebration are interesting and require practical solutions.

Regarding the invitation itself, give as much information as needed for the invitees to understand you are treating them to all the events. You are asking people to join you at this resort for a two day celebration where you are hosting everything except lodging. It is perfectly fine to say just that in an invitation.

If you want to pay for the lodging of certain guests, you may do so. Please let them know that you are not treating everyone, just a few special people. That is perfectly acceptable and quite generous.

I hope you have a wonderful time commemorating this extraordinary milestone.

Ms Practical Etiquette

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