Post # 1
Last november my best friend asked me to marry him, and I cried like a baby and nodded my head like a fool, so now we are getting married! Yay!
I live in a small town, and we are getting married in our church in said small town.
And for the life of me, I can’t find a reception hall! We have a grand total of one hotel, and a couple lodges, and that’s it.
So I have two questions: first being, what are some alternative rception ideas? Nothing outdoor, but is there anything I maybe wouldn’t consider that would be a good candidate? And secondly, there are other towns about 20-30 minutes away from where the ceremony is taking place, is it inappropriate or bad etiquette to host a reception with that sort of commute attached?
Any help or answers is so greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
That’s not a bad distance between the ceremony site and a reception site.
However, you could look into having the reception at a restaurant in your town. are there any wineries/brewery’s? Is the reception room at the hotel out of the picture? are there any other buildings in your town?
Post # 4
I don’t think a commute is a bad idea as long as you send Save The Date’s with the city that it will be in with good notice. That way guests can plan to book hotels if needed and decided on travel arrangements. And if you could, book a block of hotel rooms to get a discounted rate as well…that helps out a bunch to inform guests of what options they will have.
Post # 5
The hotel is a little on the pricey side, and I’m not crazy about the way it is set up so I’m considering it more of a “last resort” (there isn’t a decent kitchenette area or an area for a bar).
I didn’t think of a restaurant. I guess my only worry with that would be renting a restaurant or area of a restaurant on a Saturday night might be a stretch.
But there is a winery and I did NOT even think of that! I will definitely look into it!
Post # 6
If you have any restaurants with private rooms this could work really well. Also if your town has any art galleries, warehouse or loft spaces or wineries this could be great too.
A close friend of mine had her reception at a nursery. They had an empty greenhouse on the property so she rented some tables and chairs rather cheaply and their caterer provided place settings, cutlery, glasses etc. Since she was hosting at a nursery, they allowed her to fill the room with flowers they had on hand and received a spectacular discount on flowers because she hosted there.
Are there any public parks with buildings on site? I live in a smaller town too, but we have an ample amount of city owned parks that have lodges and buildings on the park property that could be used for weddings.
Start asking around town, see if anyone knows about any hidden gems you haven’t heard or thought of. Also is there another town nearby, maybe less than 30 minutes away with more choices?