Small destination wedding, No reception?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
1749 posts
Bumble bee

Of course it’s ok. Weddings like that happen all the time. If that is what you want, go ahead and do it. A formal dinner afterward is a fine idea.

Post # 4
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think it’s fine to just do a dinner. Some people may feel dissapointed since they traveled though. 

Post # 5
331 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Excalibur

 More than okay,  as  long as the guests meals are being paid for.

Post # 6
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

A dinner basically is a reception.

It is considered rude to ask guests to celebrate your marriage, but then not have a reception, especially when it is a DW, but you’re planning to have a dinner anyway, so I’d say it’s fine.  

Post # 8
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Mine will be less than 40 guests (destination as well) and we’re just hosting a brunch buffet after at a local beach restaurant/bar.  Not totally sure if we want to have a DJ or anything…but it’s totally fine!

Post # 9
2150 posts
Buzzing bee

@KatyYoung:  FI and I attended his brother’s DW a couple years ago. They had a formal dinner after the wedding and a reception back home a few months later so those who didn’t attend the DW could celebrate.

The only bad thing about their dinner after the wedding was that we had to buy our own drinks. I think after spending so much money on their wedding (travel, gifts, activities, etc), guest’s drinks should have been provided. 

Post # 10
6812 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Sounds like you want a formal dinner, just none of the traditions or dancing. I think that’s totally fine, if that’s what you want!

Post # 12
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@KatyYoung:  Same!  We rented a beach house just south of Clearwater FL, and we’ll be getting married on the beach there…then a brunch reception at a nearby restaurant/bar.  I looked into an aquarium in the area but we really just wanted to get married on the beach…and the beach is free haha.  We rented a beach house that will sleep 20 of our nearest and dearest so we also aren’t paying for the “venue” as it’s everyone’s accommodations.

Post # 13
1662 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@KatyYoung:  A formal dinner will be a lovely reception! Everybody will want to celebrate with you, and they’ll have this opportunity at dinner. No problem

Post # 14
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@KatyYoung:  This is what we are doing.  Ceremony, get a few pics taken, go out to dinner.  If I were a guest at a destination wedding I would be ok with this.

Post # 15
1500 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My wedding was exactly like that – depends on your crowd too. My entire family and his don’t drink or dance so it was completely fine.

Post # 16
3596 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

A formal dinner is a reception.

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