- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
I apologize in advance if this is long and a little confusing, but, I welcome any comments, ideas, or suggestions.
My father is a bishop and we are getting married at my father’s church. We are also having the reception there. The reception area, which is the fellowship hall in the back of the church, can accomodate about 110 people comfortably. When we first began planning our wedding, we were okay with that because we only planned on inviting about 80 people max. Well… between family members on both sides, friends, and all the people from the church who want to come, that number has swelled to almost 200 people. I am okay with all these people showing up for my wedding but I know I cannot accomodate this many people for the sit down dinner reception that we wanted. Finding another place to have the sit down dinner/banquet is not an option. So what we came up with is to have 2 receptions. The first reception immediately following the ceremony and then a sit down dinner/baquet later in the evening. The first reception will be held in the church’s mezzaine which is a long hall, it can accomodate a large number of people standing and mingling. We will have food displays, a four foot chocolate fountain with various goodies, and also cut and serve our wedding cake. Later on in the evening, we want to host a sit down banquet for only our families and closest friends. I afraid that will be many who will just show up uninvited because it will be considered a church function and that’s what church people do. I am freaking out because I don’t want to cause confusion or hurt anyone’s feelings. So what do I do? We appreciate all who want to be a part of our day. How can we welcome all who come to our wedding and only invite some of them to our “banquet”?