(Closed) Is a Reception Necessary…HELP

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I agree that I would want to offer the people who made the effort to come something.  A cocktail reception would be fine as long as you mention that’s what it is on the invitation so that people aren’t expecting a full dinner. 

Another option (if you’re ok with seeing each other before the ceremony) would be to hold a cake & punch/dessert/hor d’ourves reception before the ceremony and then have dinner with just your immediate family. 

Think of it this way too, if you just have a ceremony you’re not going to get to see anyone for more than two seconds in the recieving line.  That’s really what receptions are about, in my opinion.  It’s not about the free meal, it’s about getting to be with the people who are most important to you. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

What if you plan an hors dourves or dessert reception the day after? Have it mid afternoon between lunch and dinner?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Or a relaxed and casual bbq/cookout at home the day after.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Please don’t take this as an attack, but how can you afford a honeymoon, but no reception whatsoever?

I understand if its more important to you two to have a honeymoon, but is there anyway to mix up your budget? Maybe have a smaller honeymoon and then have a simple reception following the ceremony. You don’t have to serve a dinner, but it would be nice for the two of you to mingle with your guests that may or may not have taken much time and travel to be a part of your day. Many churches have reception areas in which you could have a small something. If only just for punch, cake, and time to thank all your guests for coming.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

You mentioned new home???? Why not really glam up your backyard or the house  and hire a professional caterer & some live music & have it in your yard – it will be extremely sentimental for you to know you can tell your kids – mom & dad got married right here! That way people can see your new home & it will be awesome. We are house shopping in the Gables area and I always kept that thought in my mind, Since we are having a small wedding like yours (75 guests) it could definitely work.

You cant change the church time? Then maybe you can do Venetian Pools after all!!! Or serve cocktails/hor dourves instead of full dinner.

Also consider a sophisticated buffet  style catering at the house or ask around – see if someone will lend you their house.

My bridal shower is being hosted at a family friends house (who I didnt even invite to the wedding, but she offered her home regardless b/c she’s knows we are having a small wedding) on the lake in PSN.

Formally my dad’s client offered his house on the Gables waterway for us to have the wedding – but we thought it was too much work since it would be tented, etc. and decide to get a venue in case it rained since its in October.

Dont give up girl! Get creative – or seriously keep the guest list down and then host a party at your house for those people you didnt invite (which is what we are doing to insure we get the quality wedding we want rather than a huge cookie-cut production with a million people)

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think your guests would rather spend time with you in a “cheesy banquet hall” than not at all.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Don’t worry about covering the pool – do something lihe this – do everything in white – uit would look so awesome & seriously keep your budget down!

Dont settle on the banquet hall wedding girl! Trust me, I know how you feel.

Check out my place – The Links on Key Biscayne. They might have a good deal for the buffet style – it’s like $40 a person and liquor is a bit more. http://www.thelinksrestuarant.com

 

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Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

What about the Coral Gables women’s club or Miami Women’s Club?

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