Post # 1
Hello Bees! So I’m having a “wedding celebration” after my VERY small wedding for all of my friends and family, but I didn’t want to do a full out reception. Can I make it a “drop-in” party, where guests can show up when they can and stay for 5 minutes – the whole time? I was hoping to do this and have our favorite foods and foods that we connected over in hor d’oeuvre form on a table with plates so guests can just eat as they arrive….. Is this a good way to incorporate food or a terrible idea?!
Post # 3
I think it sounds fine! But keep in mind that many guests expect there to be a proper reception with food, so as long as everyone knows what’s going on up front, then they can make other arrangements for dinner later.
Also, I know you said it’s a small wedding, but your out-of-town guests may not bother coming if it’s just going to be a ceremony without the more traditional reception stuff. Again, as long as everyone knows up front, I think it’s fine 🙂
Post # 5
@LadyElva: Thank you for your thoughts! I’m in a strange situation for my wedding, so I think my family would understand not being invited to the wedding. I was planning on having it on a separate day from the “celebration” so hopefully that will take away some of the reception expectations. Plus no one will be driving more than 30 minutes!
Post # 6
@kjo: I wish we had a house of our own to have it at! 🙂 Maybe by that time we will (Christian family so no living together before marriage, unfortunately……..). Do you think it’d be a better or worse idea to it at home? Currently I’ve looking at some local places.
Post # 7
@swedeypie: I think having it at your house (or a family member’s house) makes it more casual. That’s what you want, right? If you rent out a venue it will be more expensive and appear more formal/reception-like.
Post # 8
Well I just consider a reception like a party at a hall or venue.
We are having a large reception at a hall, right after our ceremony. Its from 8pm-1am. So what we are doing is a “midnight buffet”. Just about everyone around here has them, even if they have a dinner.
Going to have sandwiches, salads, veggies, fruit, dips, cheese, crackers, sweets, etc. We will serve it around 9.
It would depend how long your reception/celebration is? Certain things would be fine being served the whole time, like you would at a party. Like chips, crackers, cheese, etc. I think it sounds fine… There are lots of options if you have it at a hall or where ever. Like if your doing a dance, you can have chips and stuff the whole time, then a small luncheon like I am doing.
Post # 9
@AlwaysSunny: Yes, definitely casual. I’ll look into having it at a parent’s house. I didn’t think it’d work there, but the more I think about it, it seems like the better option.