Post # 1
I need help!
I am having a ceremony but no reception because we are going on a cruise as a celebration/honeymoon the very next day. But I don’t know what to do with the guests after the ceremony especially those who will not be attending the cruise.
Post # 3
If you’re getting married in a park or a church, you could serve cake and punch!
Post # 4
@Anaiyahsmommy: I’m confused are you hosting a cruise for your guests in lieu of the reception? Are there guests paying for their own cruise and it happens to be the same one you’re going on? I would think if you’re hosting a cruise, you don’t really need to worry about too much.
Post # 5
You really must have something after your ceremony to receive your guests in. This doesn’t have to be fancy, but at the minimum you must serve a snack (if it’s not over a meal time) or a meal if it is (or change the time) and refreshments.
Cake and punch is a quick and easy (and cheap) way to do this. It could be at someone’s home, or in the church basement.
The fact that you are cruising the next day really has no bearing on your responsibilities as host.
Post # 6
You don’t need to hold a big party for your guests but you really should host some kind of gathering after the ceremony to thank your guests for coming. As a PP said, it could be as simple as cake and punch or appetizers and beer/wine at someone’s house, a local restaurant, etc. even if it’s just for 2 hours. It would be rude not to do something.