(Closed) Small Wedding – what to do for guests after?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
5475 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you’re having the ceremony at a meal time, your guests will probably expect a meal.  If it’s later in the evening (like 8pm) then you can do a coffee and cake reception/light apps & champagne/etc…

Personally, I wouldn’t do a huge reception weeks after a ceremony.  It’s like you’re telling all those other people that you want a gift from them but they weren’t important enough to be invited to the ceremony in the first place.  A reception is a thank you to all the guests who came to witness the ceremony.

I do understand wanting your ceremony to be personal and intimate though… :/

Post # 5
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i don’t think there is anything wrong with the way you are doing it – lots of people get married and throw a party later. why not opt for a little backyard BBQ or finger foods at your house or your parents house for a few hours after the ceremony? (try for your parents house so you and your husband and dip out early if you want)

Post # 6
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Maybe you can go to a local restaurant for dinner? It can be as casual or fancy as you’d like. Tapas would probably work well. A coffee and cake thing at a local bakery may work well for a late evening thing, or maybe just meeting up with everyone for a celebratory drink before heading home to bask in your just married bliss?

Post # 7
784 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@Pickloper: I think that sounds like a great idea as I am having a destination wedding.  It upset a lot of people that couldn’t afford to be there… My best friend from high school said she cried for two days, so now we are doing an after-reception like you are.  Also, I couldn’t imagine throwing a reception for 300 people!  I applaud you!


As far as your question, that is something I am struggling with as well.  Since it’s in Maui, we are considering a small, poolside barbecue as my Fiance LOVES to barbecue for people.  But also, people have suggested renting a private room in a restaurant which makes things easy, so I am researching that as we speak.  =)

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