(Closed) feedback please!! DIFFERENT type of wedding reception

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: As a guest, would you prefer a traditional reception or the "south beach style" described below??
    traditional-it's traditional for a reason! : (25 votes)
    25 %
    south beach style-sounds fun and different! : (73 votes)
    72 %
    other-explain below : (4 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    You might get more feedback with a poll added. Bees tend to love polls. Just a thought. I personally think it sounds like a fun idea. We were at 4 weddings last summer and it was as if they were all cut from the same template.Literally the same type of food,same music, similar centerpieces, garter toss (yuck), By the fourth one we could basically predict what would happen next. Again your wedding sounds fun and refreshing sometimes it is best to break from tradition. 

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    It sounds super fun. I actually went to a birthday party like that in the real south beach! I loved it.  They did stations for food and had similar seating, people were mingling and walking around while eating it was great fun and the seating was awesome.There are always going to be naysayers who are “shocked aghast” at how “non wedding” things are because the don’t fit in the traditional mold, I think its fun and different so go for it!

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @supervixen:  This sounds like so much fun! 

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @supervixen:  This sounds like so much fun! 

    Post # 9
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    It sounds like sooo much fun!!! I wish I was your guest. If that’s what you and your fi prefer, go with it. Somebody will complain no matter what you do, so don’t worry about it. You may want to prepare the guests for a different type of experience by starting out with non traditional invitations. Have fun! 

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    On the seating issue: we did something sort of similar at our reception. There was a slightly raised area w/ tables and chairs that was basically intended for family and older guests, and otherwise there was a mix of cocktail tables and lounge-type seating. I hate being stuck at a table at weddings and much prefer to mingle. I’m biased, so take this with a grain of salt, but I think it worked out really, really well, and it gave the reception the more relaxed, party-ish vibe we were aiming for. I’d definitely follow your instincts and go with the south beach theme–I think your guests will really enjoy it, and at the very least they’ll have something to talk about ;-).

     

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    The Venue is correct, some people will be put off so having tables for them is smart. There were a few cocktail tables without seats though at the party I was at.

    I also want to add for the food you might want to be careful with that for your guest who will be sitting on couches. We had small plates for most of the stations, and the sides pasta,fries,salads, mash potatoes, were served in martini glasses or small bowls, which made it easy to eat on the couches. If we wanted more we could go back for seconds or move on to the next station.

    For your buffet you might want to consider having smaller plates for those not sitting at the tables as it will make it easier to eat without having a large plate to balance on their lap. I’m sure your venue must have said something about that, but if they didn’t just something for you to consider.

    Post # 12
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    That wouldn’t work for my family as most of my family is older and would want a chair not a bed or couch. I guess it depends on your crowd. 

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I think the south beach style sounds like a lot of fun but i think you need to take a look at the demographics of your guests. If you have a lot of people over age 50, that style is not going to be a hit, if you have a younger crowd, I think it would be well recieved. Try and picture your grandma trying to eat her dinner sitting on a lounge couch, she would be upset!

    Post # 14
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I went to a great wedding like this! Just don’t forget to reserve seats at a table for the grandparents!

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