(Closed) Small Dinner reception vs. Big catering hall reception

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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746 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think it’s great that you’re trying to figure this out before making any decisions. I originally wanted a small wedding, but my mom talked me into a big one. We haven’t had the wedding yet, but if I were to do it again, I would do a small one! Big weddings are BIG stress and BIG BIG money, and it’s REALLY hard to pay for it yourselves.

What do you think you might “miss” about having a big wedding? If you would miss celebrating with all your extended family and friends, then maybe have a big potluck BBQ a few weeks after your small wedding. If you would miss being all dressed up and having the fancy experience, then maybe you should think about doing a big wedding. I would make a pro/con list and think about all the possibilities, that might help!

Post # 4
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1141 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Don’t forget there is always the option of a vow renewal someday down the road when your financially set. You could do the small one now and a big one on your tenth!

Post # 6
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1789 posts
Buzzing bee

The first thing you need to do is figure out your budget and know that there are ways to throw a wedding for 100 guest on just a couple of thousand. but figure out your budget first. If you are trying to save for a house and have bigger and better things in the works for you and your FI then don’t blow all that money on one day of your life which many of your guests are going to forget about anyways (I might get attacked for saying that, but so be it) If you can afford it and you feel it is necessary then go ahead and have the big shebang, but I would hate to have you compromise your future plans in order to make your family and friends happy. 

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