Destination Wedding welcome reception?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@amore28:  If you’re not doing a rehearsal dinner I don’t see any reason why you have to host a reception the night before your wedding.  It’s nice to do it if you can afford it, but I don’t think it’s required.  Who says you have to?  If it’s the resort, it’s because they want more money.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@amore28:  I had a destination wedding in Cuba and we had a welcome dinner the night we go there but we just reserved a spot in the buffetand all sat together and there was no extra chare. There was no way I was going to pay for 2 seperate private dinners for 70 people!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@amore28:  for my sisters wedding my parents did a hosted bar at a pub like restaurant. Everyone bought their own dinner, and it started at 8:30 pm. People were all in shorts and t-shirts and it wasn’t anything like a reception but more like a family reunion. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@amore28:  If you can get his parents to help out maybe they could host a cocktail hour with hors d’eurves the afternoon on the day before.  That way it doesn’t compete with the wedding but it is something to welcome your guests.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Another nice option would be to hold a brunch the day after the wedding? It may help lower the cost. However, if you can afford to, it would definitely be nice to host something for guests travelling so far for your special day! 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I agree with your mom.  I also had a destination wedding and everyone flew in from the East Coast.  I was so grateful for everyone making the trip that I wanted to provide another meal and take one more expense off their plate, so to speak.  So, we held a welcome party at our hotel and provided a buffet. 

I too was worried that it would compete with the wedding, so I made sure it had a much less formal and different vibe (our wedding was outdoors, so we held the party indoors; served Mexican food; the party lasted only 2 hours).  It was so much fun — people were getting to know each other and sharing their travel experiences thus far and planning for what to do next.  For mine, my husband’s father paid for the welcome party because I paid for our wedding.   

I suggest having something very inexpensive and casual (a beach picnic, perhaps?).  A gf of mine had a BBQ by the lake for hers and everyone wore shorts.  It did not take away from her day at all.  It psyched us up!

If you are doing a brunch afterwards, I do not think a welcome party is necessary. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We are getting married at an all inclusive resort… we aren’t hosting a welcome reception but will tell everyone to meet at the lounge party for a welcome gathering. Since it’s all inclusive, we just figure everyone will have a couple drinks and then we’ll head to the buffett together. I don’t think ANOTHER private paid-for meal is a necessity… we are doing lots of extra for the guests like out of town bags, tumblers, etc. we couldn’t possibly afford another private meal.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@amore28:  Our resort was an all inclusive so there was no payment required 🙂 But or wedding reception we paid per plate for but I wasnt able to afford that for 70 people twice and like you said I didnt want to have something simlar to the actual wedding day

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