(Closed) "reception" of only 4-5 people?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2137 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

idk but were kind of on the same boat lol

Post # 4
1437 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are doing the same thing also. We were just going to have  “BBQ” with about 5 people. all of my family lives 800 miles away.

Post # 5
914 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We’re having a dinner reception with only our family, slightly more people since Fiance has 4 sisters.  We have 25 people total and that is only immediate family. We booked a private room in a nice upscale resturaunt. Since we have a few more people, we did a custom menu with 4 entree options, 2 desserts and lots of appetizers. We’re allowed to bring in our wedding cake too.

I would find a resturaunt you both love and see if they have private rooms available. That way it will feel more like a reception instead of a standard dinner.

ETA: Here’s where our dinner will be. A lot of nice resturants have smaller rooms available.

Post # 7
5073 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

a friend’s daughter got married a few months ago.  Very small wedding.  I think they had about 20 people if that.

They were married at the courthouse with family present.  Then the bride and groom had pictures taken around town.

then they had dinner in a private room at a nice restaurant.  they opened presents and cut their cake there.

the pictures are wonderful – everyone had a good time.    She wore her wedding dress (from DB) the entire day.

Post # 9
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Could you do this at a B&B? Some have gardens (where we’re having our mini-moon in Williamsburg has weddings in their courtyard)- you and Fiance could stay there for the night, and maybe the owners would allow an outside caterer for the dinner.

Post # 10
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Lol, Mr TTR and I are eloping to a Destination Wedding, and getting married Christmas Eve no less.

Our Wedding Dinner will be just the two of us at a Hotel Restaurant overlooking the Beach / Ocean.

As I am orgnizing all of this as a DIY event, there is NO Wedding Planner, NO Hotel / Resort Event Planner etc to work out the details for me…

Hopefully, it being Christmas Eve, and business a bit slower than most evenings (and not much else open), I’ll be able to work with the venue so that we don’t end up with Rubber Chicken, have Champagne available, and I can bring in our wee Wedding Cake.

If all goes to plan, it could be awesome… very quiet and romantic… *fingers crossed*

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Good suggestions in regards to Restaurants given by others. And YES if there is a Country Inn or B&B with a Dining Room in your area, you should most certainly check those out too… many have top notch Chefs on staff… and lovely settings.


Post # 11
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We will have about 22 people and we are having our dinner at a restaurant as well. There are pics in my bio if anyone is interested. I felt like the only one but I’m glad to see there are other bees out there. 

My gown is huge so I will be changing into a short dress. I’m a little bumbed out about it but I’d rather not end up on LOL Snaps or something. 

We are having a Destination Wedding so I don’t have to worry about bumping into uninvited friends and family but I can see how that would be awkward! 

I feel a little bad about missing out on the regular reception experience on my wedding day. The restaurant belongs to our venue so they will be serving our wedding cake and everything too so that’s good. 

We will have a little bit of dancing on the beach afterwards an then run off to a photo booth for some more fun. Not traditional at all but we are rolling with it. 

Post # 12
2398 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It is your wedding and you do what you want on your day/for your day. I really wanted  a small wedding like 25 people but it turned out to be 100. If you want a small intimate wedding, go for it. 

I am sure it will be special and beautiful!!! 

Post # 15
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@sienna76:  Have you tried talking to your mom and have you shown her that pic? You should do your dream location! It’s beautifuly breathtaking! My mom was reluctant to fly out to HI but once I showed her the pics of our exotic location she got excited and bought a plane ticket! if she’s not going anyway then by all means go grand!

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