Post # 1
Curious if anyone has done something similar…I know there are many posts about ceremony now and reception later but has anyone done a ceremony and then a later reception–but one that is set up more like a party versus a wedding reception? For example, I would love to have a reception later without the traditional wedding events (bouquet toss, cake cutting…I don’t even know if I would want an introduction or 1st dance!). I would want the focus to be on eating, drinking, mingling and dancing..and maybe even do a cocktail style. I almost want it to feel like more of a party and not a wedding since we’re not having a traditional wedding. Is that strange? I don’t want people to expect wedding-type events and be disappointed. All I want is to celebrate with my family and friends and just have a good time!
Has anyone done something similar?
Do you think I could save $ by doing this since it’s not a “wedding”? The idea is that we really can’t afford your typical wedding. This would be maybe 70-80 people.
Post # 3
If you frame it as a family get-together or a regular party, you CAN save money because the wedding markup will not be there. Are we talking a reception/event months after the wedding, or something else? I think it’d be nice to have at least a small reception for those attending your ceremony (it’s common courtesy to thank your guests for coming by showing some hospitality) even if you do a party later. What’s the timeframe like?
Post # 4
I was thinking the ceremony may only be immediate family (8-10 people)…so the “reception” immediately after would probably be a dinner or something intimate. Having only immediate family would be the reason I want a party later. We do not have a date yet so all of this is just ideas forming at the moment.
For the party, I was thinking it could be anywhere from a month to a few months following the actual marriage, but not a great time in between.
Post # 5
yeah, the wedding mark up is crazy, so you can definitely save alot of money!! call it an “anniversary party”, this way, in case there is staff on hand, no one is going “wtf” when they see any gifts wrapped in wedding paper 🙂 or bags w/bride & groom on them, lol…
my friend the cruise bride is doing the same thing. she IS doing the couple announcement…but that’s it!! everything else is just a party! and the hotel we are looking to book, is treating it as just a private party. we each called, using different dates and “event titles”, and she called as “wedding” with room rental @ 2k plus a minimum of 1500 in food/bev. i called as “private party”, and got room rental for 500, and only 700 minimum food AND alcohol combined. that’s with us booking 5 rooms! for the wedding, NO DISCOUNT IF ROOMS were booked at all!!!