(Closed) Small Ceremony and Large Reception? Logistics? Etiquette?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1875 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Having an intimate ceremony and large reception is definitely ok – so long as the ceremony is turely intimate.  You should have no more than 20-25 guests and it immediate familiy only (parents, siblings, grandparents, no aunts, uncles, cousins, friends).  I would also be sure to hold some sort of small reception/dinner after the ceremony to thank those that came.

Post # 4
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

This is what I tried to do – but my intimate ceremony had to include all my family flying in for the wedding. My mom is the last of 11 children… so needless to say the ceremony will still be ‘intimate’, but fairly large (maybe around 50 people) while my reception is for around 250-260 people.

Good luck!

Post # 5
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I think that’s totally fine! Just make sure you invite everyone from the ceremony also to the reception (even if you know they can’t make it).

Post # 7
8462 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it’s totally fine since it’s basically two separate events.

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