Coffee shop reception?

posted 2 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What should we do?
    Yes! A coffee shop reception sounds cute! Do it! : (27 votes)
    96 %
    No! you have to serve a full meal and do it traditionally! : (0 votes)
    Forget your parent's money, move-in together, and wait and do it yourself 'someday'. : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 2
    1928 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think it sounds really cute!  Make sure the invitations says ‘dessert reception’ or ‘hor d’ouevres to follow’ or sometsomething like that so people know they won’t be getting a full meal.  You definitely don’t have to have a full meal, but just make sure your guests know what to expect when they arrive.

    Not sure what to do about a ceremony though – I’d definitely check with your courthouse and see what they usually do.  Are there community spaces (elk lodge, park pavillion, someone’s house, college) nearby?


    Post # 3
    42157 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    amberback:  I think your friends and family will be happy for you and enjoy your wedding. It will be like  a brunch wedding-only at the other end of the day.

    Just be clear on your invitations so your guests will not be expecting a late dinner.

    Post # 4
    564 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016


    Sounds good to me! I think that’s a really cute idea for a wedding reception.

    You could arrange to use the courthouse as a back-up location in case of rain and have your plan “<br />a” outside.

    Just remember you cannot live your life to please your parents. You are an adult and get to make your own decisions. The fact that a wedding is in the works should assure them that the two of your are serious. But honestly it’s none of their business. You are buying a house- just move in together if that’s what you want to do.

    Post # 5
    772 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think a coffee shop wedding would be awesome. I also think that you can throw a more traditional wedding for $10k, if that’s what you wanted.

    Post # 6
    1582 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I looooooooove that idea and wish I had thought of it myself! I would definitely do it.

    In terms of the ceremony, I haven’t done a courthouse wedding myself but I imagine you wouldn’t be able to bring everyone along. That being said, I’m sure you could find somewhere with an outdoorsy feeling for your ceremony, especially since it’s generally reception venues that book up fast. Are there any botanical conservatories where you live? Ours does wedding ceremonies and they’re beautiful.

    Post # 7
    722 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I love this idea.  Also, I have witnessed a wedding at city hall and it was unbelievably beautiful.  And the location that I saw could easily fit 50 people. 

    Post # 8
    1108 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    This was our original idea (the courthouse thing, not the coffeeshop thing) before my mom realized that we’d be moving to a different country six months after the wedding and she went into a panic and declared we were going to have a larger wedding so I could see all my cousins and extended family before I leave and never come back. Mom is a bit dramatic at times. A Justice of the Peace can perform the ceremony anywhere. So you could have the ceremony at the coffeeshop or you can have it in a park. They travel.

    Post # 9
    4147 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    As a guest, I’d love to attend what you are planning.  Sounds like something different, and a lot of fun!

    Post # 12
    237 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    I’m partial to the coffee shop idea and I wish I had thought of it myself, honestly. We are having a coffee themed wedding. 🙂 90 people and $12k including a full open bar, just for reference.

    Post # 14
    4750 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    amberback:  I don’t think you have to do it traditionally, but I would probably adjust the time of the wedding and do something mid-day or early afternoon. Evening weddings should provide guests a meal, and while I”m not opposed to your menu idea I don’t think it would fit with an evening wedding.

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