Post # 1
I was in the middle of planning a big wedding and a lot of financial things plus personal things have put that on hold.
So my FH and I have decided to kind of ‘elope’ with a small private ceremony on the beach in my hometown. I planned on inviting a few family friends but we aren’t having a reception. We had planned to go to a nice restaurant with our family and bridal party afterwards.
I don’t want to be rude to people by telling them that there is no reception or that they can’t come. But at the same time we are on a very small budget.
Is this rude or improper?
Post # 3
Are people specifically asking if they can come to the wedding?
I believe that saying something along the lines of “we are having a small wedding with just family” is fine.
Post # 4
A reception is what you do to thank people for coming to your ceremony. If your parents and a few close friends join you, then a nice dinner with just them afterwards is your reception. No harm, no foul, and certainly no breech of etiquette. You’ll only run into issues if you have a wedding ceremony with NO sort of reception at all. Or, if you already sent out STDs or invitations… it’s a bit trickier then.