(Closed) For those of us who are having a small reception…

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think as long as you have music and drinks and good food, people will be fine. We’re having more people, but no dancing. If there’s no room for a dancefloor, I’m not sure what else you can fit in your venue, but we’re doing a photobooth, dessert bar, candy bar, cigars and live jazz band.

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Can I reopen this topic for a sec? I went to a destination wedding (actually it wasn’t “destination,” but it was VERY far away) to which only 40 guests were invited, a third of them children. The ceremony was lovely, but the reception was a total snoozefest. It was a super small scale traditional reception in a section of a hotel ballroom. Food was good, but I don’t remember whether there was any music, there was definitely no dancing (as everyone in attendance was related).

I’m trying to avoid a similar fate with my own small destination (Barbados) wedding. I’m really pulling for dinner, drinks and music aboard a catamaran with my new hubby and our 40 nearest and dearest. He’s not enthused about the idea, so I’m hoping to present some alternatives as well. 

Can anyone recommend anything? I don’t want to just do dinner in a restaurant. My guests will have spent up to $1k a piece to celebrate with us and I want to do something memorable.  

 

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’m starting to freak out about the same thing. We also have 40 of our nearest and dearest coming, there is no room for a dance floor either. We are having our photographer set up a photo booth (yay) but apart from that i don’t know what else to do???. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

Just out of curiousity, what is considered “small?”

When does a reception go from “small” to “large.”

I don’t need exact numbers, but some estimates would be nice ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Less than 75 is small, in my opinion.  I’d say 100 is about average. 150+ is officially large. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@Overjoyed:  Thank you! I’m Greek, so “average” to me meant inviting everyone in your village, and then 3-4 surrounding villages. Maybe about 800-900!!!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Garden at Heather Farms

I don’t know what your budget is like or what the style of your reception is but I think a photo booth, either rented or makeshift, is a fun activitity to consider. I am going to have one at my reception along with a blank photo album and that is going to be our guestbook ๐Ÿ™‚ just an idea.

 

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