(Closed) MIL wants to host a second reception – how can we decline?

posted 4 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 2
678 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - SPRING VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB

I would probably say <br />” While we appericate the thought, We are not comfortable with having a second reception so soon after our big day. We’d like to take this time to relax and enjoy our honeymoon/vacation with you”

Post # 3
7357 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Compromise: maybe a casual dinner in a restaurant where she has substantial input into the guest list, so everyone can gather and celebrate, but no wedding video and no fuss. Maybe a short toast by you or your husband. Tell her you’d feel uncomfortable with a rented hall and showing the video because folks would feel pressured to bring gifts and you’d be happy to celebrate but you want to keep it very informal and casual.

Post # 4
8698 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Maybe you could just have a backyard BBQ type gathering, or rent out a pavillion in a park and have lunch there?

Post # 5
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Westwood:  I second the backyard BBQ. Much more appropriate/low key.

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