Anyone have family only reception? Advice!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

We are doing the exact same thing. Right now we’re at 42 people. The only non family members are in our wedding party. And we’re also doing a restaurant reception with no dancing. My friends understand that’s it’s family only. I’ve gotten a few comments from family about not having dancing but to us it’s not worth the money for only a few people to dance. I am glad we didn’t go bigger. We are saving enough money to go on an amazing honeymoon.

Post # 6
107 posts
Blushing bee

We are. Family only ceremony in a park and reception at my parents’ house.  We’re having a very informal after party out at a bar, which I’ll invite friends to, but they’re pretty chill so I’m not worried about people being pissed.

Not sure yet how many people we’ll have. Somewhere between 30 and 40.

We’re having a two month engagement, so just keeping things mellow…no extra parties or anything.  I’m super excited about seeing our families all together at the wedding.  It’ll be a wonderful day, and then we will be married, which will be especially wonderful.

Post # 8
4742 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it all is going to depend on how strongly you feel about wanting to keep it family only? Do you think you’ll regret it? The flip side, a wedding is not worth going into debt for. Soooo….if you are on a tight budget it’s either keep it how you have it, or add your friends – but somewhere there has to be a comprimise to handle the extra guests.

FWIW, my brother and his fiance started planning their wedding and then it totally changed. They too are on a very tight budget, and after nixing a destination wedding (because of her family’s resistance) they started to plan something local. It all started with just immediate family, then they added a few other close relatives, and now they’ve added close friends and finally tapped out around 65 people. However, to accomodate that they’re renting a venue that’s a little unconventional (a winery….but it’s not a typical ballroom winery), and are doing a casual dinner of BBQ and sides. 

Personally, I think as the planning got underway they realized that they truely did want to share their special day with not just family, but friends as well. 


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