Need some advice on wedding invitation related stuff.
Getting married to my sweety mid-May in Michigan. I have been putting off thinking about wording, etc and would love some advice. I have two somewhat unrelated questions about invites...
1.) Reception will be in an enclosed tent (has sides and heater) and there will be many bands and drinks and fun in a big historic barn (well insulated, new roof, no heat). There will also be a bonfire outside and general outside things and it could be COLD. It's in Michigan, so it could snow. It could also be 70 degrees. We want to prepare guests for the fact that it is outside and could be cold in the event that they do not understand that. Do we say something on the invite to the extent of, "reception to follow at awesome farm, please dress accordingly"? Do we do the word of mouth thing? Is saying it is at a farm enough? I want to stress that most of our guests live in Michigan so they may know that it is cold or whatever but they may not totally understand that they will be outdoors quite a bit. (However, if it is REALLY cold we will just do everything in the tent)
2.) Here is some more background...
Invite includes multiple pieces already:
1. invite with our names, date, location
2. map with hotel info, church info, reception directions
3. response card so we know who is coming and what they want to eat
We would also like to include something in the invitation that asks folks to send us a picture through the mail or computer of themselves (either as a couple, with their dog, with something they love, a picture that represents love to them, etc.) with the hope that we can take said pictures and hang them with clothespins around the tent or barn (haven't decided yet). example of what it would look like
How the hell do we do that? Is it asking too much? I think it would be really cool if like everyone does it and totally lame if only 3 people do it. We want to really encourage folks to do it but I do not want to spend a lot of time tracking people down to do this. I'm hoping with with all the picture sharing that goes on at facebook it could be relatively easy. So....hivemind...what do you think?
additional info: we don't have and we don't want a "wedding website" because honestly I have tried to set one up and they are obnoxious in many ways. Also, not everyone we know is tech-savvy and we want to be inclusive.