(Closed) Hosting the Reception

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Hmmm, I’m not sure.  The only "hosting" I’ve heard of is the traditional parents of the bride who pay for the reception.  Usually, whoever pays is the host, similar to bridal showers, etc.

But nowadays, with skyrocketing wedding costs there seems to be a mix of "hosts", including the grooms parents and the bride&groom chipping in, too.

Is your mom inferring for you to ask your godparents to chip in, too?  Did you ask her what she meant by that?  Are your parents helping to pay for the wedding?

Post # 4
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I was one of the "hostesses" at my step brother’s wedding and I also had no idea what they meant by that.  I was basically in charge of making sure that things ran smoothly and that guests were comfortable.  But most of what they needed me to do involved the ceremony not the reception, so I’m not sure what your mom meant.

On a side note, after being the hostess at this wedding I knew that I had to have a Day of Coordinator for my wedding!  I just didn’t like that I was put to work instead of just being a guest.

Post # 5
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

The only people I would ask to help at the reception, are people already being honored in the wedding.  My bridesmaids, groomsmans, and ushers.  They will all have flowers, be mentioned on the schedule, and/or be introduced at the reception.  If you ask someone to help, you also need to honor them.

So I guess I’m just asking, what would you do to honor your godmother?

I do not have a DOC.  Anything being done at the wedding will be done by the minister or my attendents.  Anything needing help at the reception will be done by the owner of the hall who will be there the entire time, or by my attendents.  My DJ will handle the rest. (when to cut the cake, first dance, ect)

Post # 6
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I have no idea what your mom means – maybe you need to ask her what she is thinking.  Generally hosting does carry the connotation of planning and funding.  Generally the family who is hosting are the names that appear on top of the invitation (Mr. and Mrs. John Smith request the pleasure of your company in celebrating the marriage of their goddaughter Slanders80…)  Is your mother trying to say that she doesn’t want her name on the invitation?  Or would your parents’ names still go on the wedding invitation but your godparents’ names go on the reception card?  Is your mom implying that the reception should be at your godparents’ house?

Post # 7
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

My parents are "Hosting" at a wedding reception in a couple weeks.  For this wedding they are making sure that people sign the guestbook when they enter and then they will point them to where the free beer is.  The also hosted at my cousins (who is also their Godson) wedding and they actually cut and served the cake, along with the brides God-parents.

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