(Closed) Reception(s) Questions.

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I know how you feel! We are assuming a certain number of our Out of Town guest won’t come. That said, we are in the process of switching from our perfect but small venue to a larger, venue that will accommodate more guests. If we hadn’t switched, my back up plan was to have a cocktail reception during which very heavy and abundant finger foods (the equivalent of a meal) were served instead of a seated meal.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If he wants to do something with his fam what about a real simple bbq. I think your way risking it with the venue size. can you cut down your guest list?

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

No, you’re smart not to bank on people not showing up.  Invite no more than your budget AND venue can handle.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

never assume people won’t show up.  Too risky

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You know what they say about the word assume… it makes an @$$ out of U and Me.  Don’t bank on people not showing up.  Only invite as many people as the venue and your budget can fit!  Do a search on here and see just how many posts there are from ladies lamenting that all of these sure no’s rsvp’d yes and now they have more then they can fit!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are going to have to try and figure out the same thing. However, my FI’s family lives 3,000 miles away. I’d say with the distance only being 4 hours, I would not invite more than your venue and budget can handle. I’ve read some sites suggesting to have an A and B invite list that you could go to as you get “no’s” back, but be careful with that if people talk within the family. We will be having a second reception, but 3,000 miles is quite different than 4 hours. Like a pp said, you could do a BBQ. If you were worried about being greedy, you could say “no gifts”.

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