(Closed) ceremony now, party later (without traditional wedding reception events)

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
3521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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 # 5
66 posts
Worker bee

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!!!

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