Thoughts on full on reception vs. dinner?

posted 2 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
11614 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

What do you want to do?  I think either option sounds fine, and the deciding factor should really be what you and your fiance want to do.  I think if you sat your neices and nephews together (and provided activities if they’re younger), they’d have a good time hanging out and talking to each other, regardless of dancing or not. 

You may also even be able to get a larger reserved space in a restaurant where you could have some dancing, with an ipod playing music.

Post # 3
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am about your age.  We are just doing dinner for 40 after the wedding.  No dancing here.  I would rather attend a wedding that is just a nice dinner!

Post # 4
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Prettysmile40: it’s not as though dinner only would be just as long as a full reception. your guests have all gone to a dinner, so I don’t see why they’d be bored for a 2-3 hour dinner? whatever you and your FI prefer seems fine. Either the typical 4-6 hour reception or a 2-3 hour dinner. what negative things would your nieces and nephews think?

Post # 7
2473 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

Prettysmile40:  I am 23 and got married two weeks ago.  We just did dinner and used an iPod for a couple songs. Nobody was bored.  (We had 21 guests)

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