(Closed) Agonizing over not having a reception

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@tess75: I don’t think it’s tacky. However, you can’t do *something* little? Even if it’s buying a sheet cake from Costco and some hawaiian punch served in dixiecups in the church’s parking lot? 

If you really can’t swing it, I think that it’s okay if you invite people to the wedding so long as they understand it’s a ceremony only. This is because I don’t consider a family dinner afterwards a “reception.” But to make it even more clear, you might want to have a good chunk of time between ceremony and reception (like am ceremony, pm dinner) so that people don’t see you guys riding off. You have to have REALLY set boundaries as to the little dinner you are having afterwards (emphasis: little)–ie, immediately family only and like, two of your besties. And tell your family and friends who are going to that not to spread it around. 

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m sorry 🙁 But to answer your question, of course it’s not tacky! I agree with @jennyw1, why not get a big sheet cake and maybe some different cookies or desserts from Costco or Sams and just have a desserts and mingle reception. Then, invite your friends to an after party at a bar or club and just all go out.

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yay that’s so great!!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

What luck!! I wave my Yay flag for you!!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

YAYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!Laughing

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Have you checked to see if there is a community center rec room available? some of these are surprisingly cheap and if your event is during the day, basically a cake and punch reception, you can probably get away with a rental for half a day. You don’t have to go all out for decorations. 

Here is a link to community centers in Cincinnatti. http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/crc/pages/-5672-/

Post # 13
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Honey bee

Yay for you!!!!

Post # 14
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Newbee

Have you considered having a reception on a Sunday night?  It could save you a fortune.  You should not have to settle but you may have to be creative.  Am I to understand that you are in the Military?

 

Thanks,

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