(Closed) What do you think? Reception Options

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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660 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

What time is your ceremony? Having a reception last til 7pm, dinner time normally, you need to feed them more than just apps. Unless it’s heavy apps and they get to eat and graze throughout the afternoon.

I would keep the apps and end the recpetion earlier so they can go get dinner themselves if they choose to.  Tell everyone to meet at the bar later for more drinking and celebrating.

 

 

Post # 5
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126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Can you find a venue where you can bring in all of your own food and drinks?  I think it will mean a lot to your family to see you get married, not just have a fancy party.  What about keeping the party going longer for everyone?  By having a casual type of get together with music and some food, it could be really fun! 🙂

Post # 6
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646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I know people are supposed to come to celebrate the day with you, and they’re supposed to be there for you… But I don’t feel it’s very kind to ask your guests to travel (gas, hotel, meals, etc) and not even feed them.

If all of the family has to travel, I think you need to serve a meal. Otherwise, just elope.

What about doing an afternoon restaurant buy-out? 60 could easily fit in a cool restaurant with an outdoor area. And if you pick a neighborhood kind of place, it can be pretty affordable. I got a quote here for 45 people, including food (buffet style), wine, beer, and tax for $2250. We can have the restaurant all night, have our own music, decorate how we want to, etc. They’ll discount it if we promise to be out by 7 so they can open for dinner…

 

Post # 8
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565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@SeattleMolly: I think a Brunch reception would be just fine! I would not expect people to stay long though, and I would see how people that are traveling would feel about it since it would be so early in the day they would either be driving really early in the morning, or if they fly in the night before , paying for a hotel. 

Another option is doing things like pulled pork or chili if it’s a laid back affair , that would be easy and cheap  to make for a bunch of people.

Post # 10
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2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

You could also do an afternoon tea and serve finger sandwiches, scones, lemon bars, etc.  As long as you schedule it between lunch and dinner, you’ll be fine.  I don’t think you’re obligated to serve a meal just because people are traveling, but I guess I’m in the minority on that. 

Post # 11
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646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@SeattleMolly: perfect if thats whats in the budget! 🙂

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