(Closed) Church Wedding Reception worries

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
881 posts
Busy bee

I think your reception will still be lovely!  I’m sure it stinks to have to change your plans but I’m sure people will still enjoy themselves, and you’ll have more money for more important things like your honeymoon and house.  I think the garter toss will be fine at a church, I doubt anyone would come in during the middle of it and tell you to stop. Of course, I don’t know how strict your church is but I think it should be fine.  I’m having an afternoon wedding and reception and we’re doing a bubble send off. You could also do the traditional rice throwing send off or I’ve seen some neat sparkle, confetti send off pictures.  Sure you’re reception will have a different feel to it, but I’m sure it will still be lovely and you’ll be surrounded by all your loved ones.

Post # 3
779 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I attended a wedding last fall where the reception was in the church fellowship hall. It was pretty nice–any issues with the wedding was due to caterer disorganization than the actual location.

They did serve liquor, so maybe it’s denomination-specific as to whether or not alcohol is allowed?

Post # 4
479 posts
Helper bee

I think it will work out fine. I don’t see any issues with the garter toss. I’ve been to a couple of wedding receptions at churches where alcohol was served. The denominations were Episcopal and Methodist. It totally depends on the denomination. It would be an absolute no at a Southern Baptist church.

Post # 5
30388 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My first wedding was an afternoon affair followed by a reception with non-alcoholic punch, tea coffee, sandwiches and cake.

Our reasons for choosing that type of reception were different than yours, but the end result was the same. My parents were both alcoholics, and there was no way I wanted to be part of what would surely happen at an open-bar evening reception.

We had a wonderful time and our guests thoroughly enjoyed our reception. We left for our honeymoon and the reception ended about 4:30 pm.

People went to dinner in groups of their own choice- my FI’s non drinking family, our younger friends, and my parents and their friends. The drinkers in the crowd got together at my parents’ house after dinner and had a full on party from what I’ve heard.

I wouldn’t worry too much. People can have a good time in the afternoon too.

Post # 6
10 posts
  • Wedding: April 2016

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krymicri:  Hi! I was actually searching this board for opinions on church wedding receptions, too.  (My fiance and I are getting married in a conservative church and having our reception in the fellowship hall where no alcohol is allowed, it’s way too small to have a dance in, etc.)  I’ve also been worried that people will think it’s lame. But the more I think about it, my parents had their reception in a fellowship hall too, and from what I’ve seen, it was absolutely lovely.  The people that are there obviously care about you as a couple and will enjoy just being there for your special day.  If they don’t, they’re not really worth paying the time of day to.  🙂 Church receptions can be lovely–and they’re classic.  I say do whatever makes you happy!

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