(Closed) Church Reception

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I know some churches have restrictions on music, but would it be possible to have even some instrumental music playing in the background softly? It may be awkward to walk into a big room with no background noise.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I like the idea of a family-style reception.  I guess I’m just concerned about people walking in and not knowing what to do.  Maybe if you have someone directing them to sit down and relax?

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@josephbrittany:  I’m from Ohio originally and have attended every type of reception from cake and punch in a church basement to dinner and dancing at a hotel and been perfectly content.  I think a lot of people are content to go with the flow and would be fine with the sort of reception you’re having.  Usually I tend to catch up with far away relatives more than dance even at events that have dancing.

Are wedding receptions like yours at all common in your area?  Think about what your friends and family usually do at weddings.  Also, where in the state is your wedding?  More metropolitan areas, tend to come with more expectations, I think than smaller town – in my experience, not saying it’s an absolute. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

I had a church reception with no dancing (we did have a little backround music because I can’t stand quiet) and while it wasn’t the best party people had ever been to, they enjoyed themselves and talked with each other and such. Just don’t exspect it to be long! 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

This type of reception is probably the norm in the Charleston area.  I grew up in VA only a couple hours from Charleston and “cake and punch” reception in the basement are what people are used to.  Anything more than that and people think you’re getting fancy.  ๐Ÿ™‚  I would check about background music though.  I know many churches doen’t allow dancing and whatnot but I would think background music would be okay as long as the music is approved…maybe some classical.

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m sure it will be perfectly fine: I’ve been to receptions like this and they’re more my cup of tea anyway; I’m not really a partying type.

But if you did want to offer something to keep your guests around, you could have board games at each table or in general:

(though I wouldn’t have a ouija board, obviously, since I’m sure that’s likely against your religion if dancing is!)

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@josephbrittany:  Oh, all right, I totally get that: I don’t want dancing and would rather have a family focused reception but my Fiance talked me into it. ๐Ÿ˜› 

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