(Closed) Reception venue is booked! Who else is having/had a small wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Newbee

@SilkieChicken:   We had 22 people (excluding bride, groom and mariachi band) at our reception which was held at our favorite Mexican restaurant in Downtown Vegas, where we met, outside the bathroom, by accident while both in Vegas for the first time to attend different friends’ weddings (they came too).

We weren’t married there (there wasn’t enough room really), sadly, but went to Red Rock Canyon instead and had a nice warm Vegas December wedding at sunset.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had fewer than 40 people total. Ours wasn’t inexpensive, partly because our travel costs ate up $5000 of our budget and some things we had to buy in Australia, like my dress and the rings, were a lot more expensive than they would have been in America. So we just invited close family and kept it intimate. It was really nice. Most of my relatives had already been to three other cousins’ weddings over the summer, each with between 100-300 people, so I was a bit worried that mine would seem lame in comparison, but everyone said they really like it because they had a chance to talk to everybody and it was more informal so they could just have fun.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We’re having 25 people, including bride and groom and respective attendants. The ceremony is on the beach and the reception (dinner and dessert) is at a restaurant a block away from the beach on the 2nd floor – they have an awesome staircase and very open 2nd level.

We invited our closest friends and family members and we’re happy with that because then we don’t have to chase people down for RSVP’s and make sure everyone knows each other – they already do!

The wedding is probably going to cost around $7k, including the dress, ceremony company, reception, photographer, and permits.

This is a bargain compared to the first venue we had booked – which was turning out to be over $20k for the same number of people!

Not a tough choice. πŸ˜‰

 

Edited to include: Oh, and the first venue we had chosen couldn’t accomodate us on the date we had chosen – so we were looking at postponing everything for at least a week! Now we have the date we always wanted and are leaving on our honeymoon the next day – perfect timing!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I went with a smaller guest list so I could have my fancier venue. Fancy venue wouldn’t have been possible with too many guests. I have about 30 people FOR SURE coming, and 30 people who I am inviting who may or may not come.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2013

i have the same question lol did anyone have problems with freinds that were invited and how did you deal with it??? were having  small wedding because i just cant bring my self to pay so much money for 1 day ! but i feel really bad alot of our close friends wont be there and some of them are already bugging us and making us feel even more guilty ! i announced on facebook we were having just a small famliy only wedding  and we can pln  big celebration after the wedding with friends but i cant even count anymore how many ppl have asked if they will still be included in the wedding its getting really hard telling them all sorry but we cant because then it looks like were choosing favorites 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2013

meant to say *werent invited 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We are doing a destination wedding and inviting only immediate family. (12 ppl including us). Some of my friends were a little dissapointed but they understand. and i have lots of aunts and uncles and cousins everyone of them seem to be ok about it too! We didn’t wanna be “choosing favorites” either so keeping it to immediate family only kept that under control.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@SilkieChicken:  I went through an almost idential process – could’ve written the beginning of your post myself.  Right after we got engaged, we started planning a “small” 70 person wedding.  A few months later, after several sleepless nights and my then-fiance wondering about the logic of spending so much money on just a few hours (ironic if you see some of my other posts), we decided to slash the list just down to family and do a really small wedding of just 12-15 people.  Such a huge relief and so much less stressful to plan!  Intimate weddings are awesome.  Have fun with yours πŸ™‚ 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@mrsgrant:  +1. We were originally planning to invite ~80 to a country club. The planning wasn’t making me happy, however, so we cut it down to 20 and changed the venue to my mom’s backyard. Now I couldn’t be more excited!! πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano's Humble

my MOH is eloping to Key Largo with her, her man, me & FI, her sis & BIL, and 4 more friends. definitely 2 more and sis may not make it. max is 10 of us, a beach house(allows her to skip permit fees, and me and her friend said if we find a place with a great porch or balcony that we will do the cooking, etc, so we aren’t spending so much eating out.), a restaurant and club. she’s having a reception for ~80 2 weeks later in IL. she’s really happy about their plans and so is her FI. her family totally supports it, and that makes it allot easier on them!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

I wanted to elope. No, said FI; it had to be a wedding.

Had to be a wedding.

We originally planned for 45 people for the wedding. That quickly ballooned up with 5 band members and the 10 friends FMIL just had to invite (something that still really burns me up, along with her push to pay for part of the wedding), when my own mother couldn’t invite her friends.

So, now it’s an 85-person guest list, but it’s extremely likely at least 15 will cancel. So, a 65-70 person ‘small’ wedding.

I can’t imagine having more people. FSIL invited 300 people to their wedding, and I think they had over 200 who came. Collectively, I don’t even know if FI and I know 200 people…at least knowing anything beyond their names.

The hall we booked is actually one great dining hall that they can split into two rooms; we’ve got the smaller room. Open bar…9 tables, chairs all decorated…all for about $2k.

 

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