(Closed) Do you think this is ok? Would you be mad as a guest?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

I think as long as you keep it to the bridal party and immediate family only than you are okay 🙂

It’s not like you are having the ceremony and ditching your guests right after! You are still giving them a nice afternoon to visit you with some light refreshments. If other guests are upset they didn’t get to go out to dinner that is their problem.

Post # 4
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think it’s fine.

I would however, add to the invite that it IS a dessert only reception, so people don’t expect a full meal (some people need food on a regular basis for blood sugar and such)

Post # 5
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I wouldn’t be offended.  Just make sure that you let people know on the invites that it is a cake and punch reception.

Post # 6
762 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think that would be fine. I would tell the dinner guests to keep it hush-hush as to not offend anyone. Also keep it to immediate family and bridal party. Some people may wonder why they were left out if you invite some friends and not others for example.

Post # 7
7053 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Do let guests know it is dessert only reception or cake and punch (maybe have a dessert bar?)

Def keep it on the down low about the dinner with the immediate family and bridal party.

I think it’s fine.

Post # 8
1104 posts
Bumble bee

I have been invited to one of these in July. The invite says we are invited to the ceremony to be followed by afternoon tea in the church hall. They are having a dinner reception in the evening which I know because the bride and I have talked about their plans. However, considering we are former workmates and not much more friendly than that, I am not offended at all (that reception has approx 100 people invited). I probably would have gone to watch the ceremony anyway, but I feel quite honoured to be invited in this way (especially since it does involve a mini reception!)

Post # 10
5966 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Just make sure it’s clear on the invitation.  If anyone has a problem with that when it’s made clear that you aren’t hosting a dinner then they are just being rude.

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