Post # 1
Hey Bees, so my big day is Saturday and i’m stressed the h**L out!! This has turned into a mess when it should only be about me and my fiance. So we had a reception hall and went to close but it ended up being more $$$$ than we budgeted.
So we’ve been looking for something cheaper but no luck. Now the park I’m getting married at will give us 2 extra hours. Would it be ok if we just did a cake cutting and toast and mingled instead of a full on reception we can’t afford.
All ideas are welcome
Post # 3
@mikaj313: Sure! Do what you can afford!
Post # 4
I think that sounds lovely. A reception doesn’t have to be the big to do that everyone thinks. It should be whatever works best for the couple, especially budget wise.
Post # 5
Definitely just pick whatever feels comfortable for you. If you are okay with not having a reception, then just go for it. Can still be a very beautiful wedding without a reception.
Post # 6
A cake and punch reception is fine, but your invitations should indicate that. Instead of the traditional, “Dinner to follow” or “Formal Reception to follow” you would want to say something like “Cake and punch reception to follow.”
Make sure that guests have enough to drink (doesn’t have to be alcohol) and at least some food (cake), and you’re all set.
I’m very confused though… your account says your wedding is in 6 days?
Post # 7
Wow, that sucks about the venue. You can have just cake and some juice after the ceremony. But make sure guests know that it’s not what they might expect on the invitations (ceremony followed by cake and punch).
Post # 8
Cake and punch make a perfectly lovely reception. 2 extra hours at your venue sounds fine, it is just enough time for people to mingle. As long as it is held at an off-meal time, so people aren’t expecting lunch or dinner, you should be all set.
Post # 9
Sounds fine! Could you not just rent out a bar or some other place that you wouldn’t normally think of so there ‘s a place to hang out after?
Post # 10
@mikaj313: That is still a reception! Just of a different variety. As long as you thank your guests for coming you are fine. Cake and a toast is still proper etiquette!
Look at this one done for $3000. It was a cookie reception.
A Sweet Handmade Church Wedding for 3K: Sara + Steve
However if you do have guests who are flying in, maybe alert them that it is a dessert reception perhaps?