Post # 1
We’re still debating on whether or not to have 2 receptions… About 2 years ago, we moved to a town about 2 hours away from home. We’re getting married back home, but in the past 2 years we have become close with some coworkers. Because of work schedules and and the travel distance, not many people from our new town would be able to come to the wedding.
What do you all think? Should we have a second reception or just a "celebration dinner" in our new town? There would probably be around 40-50 people at the 2nd dinner.
If we decide to just have a dinner, does anyone have any suggestions to incorporate the actual wedding and reception at the second?
Post # 3
In my opinion, I would only have one (in your situation). I can’t imagine trying to plan (and pay!) for two receptions.
Post # 4
Of the two options, a celebration dinner later in your new town seems more reasonable. There is no reason to have a second reception, where you may be expected to have a second cake cutting, first dance, bouquet toss, etc. I’m sure that friends would not have an issue with getting together to celebrate with you later. I’m currently planning on having two receptions and I’d much rather have a small dinner later than have to do an entire reception all over again.
I’m not sure if this is what you were going for, but at my second reception, in order to incorporate my actual wedding, once my wedding DVD is done, I’m thinking of showing it so the guests have a chance to see the actual day.
Post # 5
I have a couple of questions. What day is your wedding? What do these folks do for a living that their schedules won’t allow for them to drive 2 hours for the wedding? (I guess I’m thinking you’re wedding is on a Saturday. that’s why I asked.) You said the second celebration is would include 40-50 ppl. Out of 40-50 ppl, most of them wouldn’t be able to come to the wedding?
I’m going on my own experiences, I suppose. But I’ve travelled a ton to get to friends’ weddings before. I feel like 2 hours isn’t that far to go.
Post # 6
@Tayna123 My wedding is on a Saturday (10/16/10) And most of the people we know from out here are from work. My company has multiple offices that are open on Saturdays until about 6. In order for everyone to come to the wedding, the stores would have to close and that is out of the question. Even though I’m sure a handful of people could make it to the wedding, but I hate to make them pick and choose who gets off work and who has to stay behind.