Post # 1
We’re having a reception brunch, but we’ve got a lot of out of town guests, so we wanted to do a welcome dinner for them.
The problem is, we’d be paying for said dinner ourselves and we don’t have a whole lot of money. We were thinking of having a super casual pizza-pool party and just ordering like, a bunch of large pizzas and like, chips and beer sort of thing. We’ll be at a private home so there’ll be swimming and ping-pong and stuff. Or we could see about having a pizza & movie night since a friend of ours has a projector.
Is this too cheap? Should we do something more like a barbecue? We’re also a little worried that guests would feel obligated to come and then be disappointed that it’s just pizza…Maybe we shouldn’t do it at all?
Post # 3
@JennyW1: I think it’s a great idea. And I’d just let them know on the invitation that it’s a pizza, beer, and pool party night so that they aren’t expecting a fancy affair.
Sounds like a lot of fun and a great way for guests to relax after their trip to your town. As someone coming in from out of town, a totally low key event would probably be more fun than having to get all dressed up for a nice dinner.
Post # 4
I’m planning on doing the same! We’re doing pizza and getting salads and chicken from the grocery store deli.
Post # 5
I agree with @KatNYC2011- Just send the invite noting it’s a casual pooly party/pizza party! I think it sounds like a lot of fun and a good way to mingle and relax without having to deal with a “fancy shindig.”
Post # 6
Remeber your guests are coming for you, so they just want to spend time with you 🙂
I think a pizza, ping pong, hang out fun event like this is excellent! No pressure, just relaxing fun and spending time with the bride and groom. Plus, I know people that have pizza parties like this all the time the night before the wedding, and based on pics I’ve seen, it always is a blast!
Post # 7
I think it sounds like so much fun!
Post # 8
I think it depends on your guests. If it’s a bunch of friends, I don’t think that pizza and beer is a bad thing. But if you are expecting a bunch of older guests, you may want to consider that they’d want something more substantial because they’d be thinking it was a wedding related event and not just an informal get together.
I’d be happy with pizza, chips, and beer… but I know my FI’s family would perfer something a little bit more. It sucks we have to consider stuff like this, b/c it’s our wedding, not the families’, but it is what it is.
Post # 9
How could anyone ever be disappointed with pizza? Hell, I’d enjoy pizza at an actual wedding reception.
Post # 10
My sister did that for her rehearsal dinner and no one was disapointed. I think there were a few extra salad type foods there, but it was perfect. It was totally casual and awesome! I say go for it!!
Post # 11
@Krises: LOL–see, I would be too!
Thanks bees! I feel so much better!
Post # 12
Sounds like a great idea! A lot of it has to do with presentation and staging. Take the pizza OUT of the boxes. Have salads, veggie trays and some other snacky-type items to supplement. I like the idea of ping pong and pool, too!
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club
I think it sounds great. The wedding should be the main event. I think your oot guests will enjoy a fun night with you before the wedding.
Post # 14
this is a great idea. i would just be sure to mention it’s a pizza/pool party on the invite so no one gets confused.
Post # 15
I think it’s a great idea. It’s so jectic right before the wedding, that a little casual downtime is probably just what everyone will appreciate.
Post # 16
I love it! Then again, FI and I have pizza night every Thursday. You can never have too much pizza in our household 🙂