- 8 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
We’re having a small wedding (80ish) due to a limited budget. My fiance’s parents are members of a large congregation and have many church friends they’d like to invite to the wedding but can’t. They’ve offered to throw a simple reception for us a few weeks later for their church friends who aren’t invited to the wedding. It would take place in Chicago, which is also where the wedding will be held.
Now, I know it’s common practice for couples who have destination or far-away weddings to have a reception in their home town(s). But is it appropriate to throw a reception in the same town as our wedding, for guests who weren’t invited to the wedding? On one hand, it seems like a good way to deal with the people we’d like to invite but can’t, and I know that it would make my future in-laws happy. But, what is the eqtiquette for something like this? If we do it, I would definitely want to say “no gifts please” on the invites. I don’t want people to feel pressured to give a gift for a wedding to which they weren’t invited.
Has anyone had experience with something like this? Do you think it’s appropriate or not? Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!