Two Receptions? Yay or nay?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1843 posts
Buzzing bee

Hi, i had been thinking about this very same thing as a way of saving money. Mom has 11 siblings and dad’s side the same. All of them have kids that are my cousins that are married with kids! 


so I thought an option would be to have the wedding early, invite everyone to the ceremony and a cake and punch and maybe some appetizers and then leave with my and sO’s immediate family and our closest friends to our main reception! At a nice restaurant, hotel or venue. 


In our case, tomorrow I’ll check some date availability at our venue of preference, but if plan A fails for some reason, this is what I’d do! 


Post # 4
602 posts
Busy bee

I would say it’s a solution. I’ve been considering doing a post-wedding party for the rest of the people that couldn’t come, after the honeymoon.

Post # 5
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We can’t invite everyone to our wedding because we are getting married in a small campsite…we are going to have a BBQ/potluck/whatever you want to call it the day following the wedding. We are only having a late short short ceremony and then a bonfire and s’mores bar so no real reception, so I think the BBQ is the best option for inviting more people.

Post # 6
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Rchicklets:  Not a bad idea at all! We are having two receptions because our families are in completely different countries so we don’t expect one entire family to travel halfway around the world for the ceremony, so we are having a tiny ceremony (my mother, daughter, and his parents) and then a reception for my friends and family, and the same for him where he lives. Both of them casual BBQ style type things. Nothing fancy, just a nice celebration so everyone can be included 🙂 

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