Post # 1
OH and I are having a very low key, intimate wedding but a few weeks after we are going to want a party to celebrate with everyone. Would it be okay to book a venue and say it’s for a ‘family occasion’ rather than a wedding? I know it’s a couple weeks after but it will be treated as a wedding reception type thing so the staff at the venue would probably catch on. I know that you are can be charged extra if you tell people it’s for your wedding.
Anyone else done this? Anyone else done this on their acual wedding day?
Post # 2
You don’t have to (and frankly, shouldn’t) say it’s a wedding if it’s not one. However, the reason why the w-word drives costs up more is because more is actually required of the venue and the staff. There are vendors to liaise with, possibly outside catering in addition to the venue’s own catering, a sound system, maybe a DJ, things have to be done farther in advance…it’s just more than a run-of-the-mill birthday dinner or anniversary party. If this event is essentially going to be a wedding reception and you have most of the special needs that brides have, I think you might actually be doing yourself a disservice. If this is just a normal party where people just get together and eat, then…feel free.