I convinced my niece to not have a reception

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Sporty-Bee:  I know a few people who had less formal receptions. Wording at the end of the invitation could be, “Cake and punch reception to follow”.  That’s similar to what my friends did and it worked great. Only thing I will say is that one of them regrets not getting a first dance with her hubby since they nixed the dance, too. But maybe, if that’s important to your niece, a first dance could be thrown in without it becoming a dance party. 

Post # 4
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Sporty-Bee:  My sister is planning a similar event.  Getting married in our city is very expensive so she is opting for a backyard campfire vibe.  Her invitations will have a place for a “pie” request instead of an entree.  Her FI loves pie, so it’s perfect!!  Her wedding is not for a while so not too much is planned yet so I don’t have a ton of ideas to share.  Except the theme (lots of candles/campfire/pie/plaid). 

And you are such a wise aunt!  The couple can spend money on what they truly want (dress/photog/suit/etc) and what will last past that day.  I think they idea of going to dinner afterwards is good too.  You will get to spend more time with those closest to you without a huge cost.  

Post # 6
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Sporty-Bee:  I don’t see where you said anything about a language barrier. But if the word “punch” doesn’t work then use one that does in the language the invitations will be written in.

Post # 7
2818 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I love the idea of having precisely the wedding you want and can afford and nothing more. Just throwing this out there: I’ve seen here on the bee that some people feel a little offended if it’s obvious that the bride and groom spent a lot of money on a designer dress and a reality TV cake and a celebrity photog, but the one place they skimped was on catering/drinks/generally caring for the guests. While I don’t agree with this, I kinda get it (i.e. you can spend US$3k on a dress, but I traveled over an hour for you to serve me cupcakes and lemonade?) You don’t think this will be a problem do you?

Post # 8
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think thats a nice idea, I think brides/grooms are too pressured to spend too much money to have the “right” kind of wedding. 

Post # 11
3018 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Hm.. What language does it need to be in? “Appetizer reception to follow”?

Post # 12
42166 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Sporty-Bee:  Your niece will still be having a reception- just not serving a full meal.

You know the customs of your island better than we do, but 4 pm seems a bit late for a ceremony when you don’t want anyone to expect a meal. If people don’t normally eat till after 7 , then it could work.

You could use the wording”light refreshments to follow”.

Post # 13
25 posts

Would you be serving a punch with alcohol in it? If you are maybe do a sangria?

Tnen you could havea tapas and sangria reception followed by cake. AFAIK in spanish tapas means small bites but i’m not sure if those terms are used where you live so they might not work.

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