(Closed) Thoughts on a non traditional wedding reception

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

@Pinklibra: your reception sounds fun πŸ™‚ but I don’t see why people can’t socialize while they’re eating πŸ˜€ I always do haha!! but your type of reception and formal receptions all sound fun to me!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would LOVE it. Appetizers are the best food.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

This is what most receptions are like in New Orleans.  As soon as the reception starts, the bar is open, the food is out and the band is playing.  They are lots of fun.  Generally the receptions are only three hours long and there are only chairs and tables for about half the guests.  Most people mingle, dance or hang out around the bar.  I’ve had to warn most of my out of town guests, but I’m totally excited.

We’re having passed hors’ deuvres, carving station with prime rib and turkey, sushi chef, shrimp and grits in a martini glass, fruit and cheese display as well as lots of other stations.  We’ll have a white chocolate strawberry shortcake wedding cake and a red velvet groom’s cake.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

@Pinklibra: I love a non traditional wedding.  I like it so much that I had one myself. 

It was so much fun.  No getting stuck at a table for 4 hours while they serve the dinner, the food was actually good, and not the classic rubber chicken dinner, I got to visit with people.  It was great!

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@Pinklibra: It was also a really good party.  Lots of dancing, drinking and mingling by guests.

We had a mix of cruiser tables and regular tables.  Which was also a big hit. 

You will have a blast and it will be fantastic!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

@Pinklibra: yeah I guess the speeches can take up a lot of time.. last one I went to they were quite funny so I enjoyed them.. but trust me guests will love your wedding as long as you give food and drinks, people will be happy πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I agree that a sit down dinner can feel way too formal. And frankly as a guest sometimes they leave me wanting more food! I think a more casual atmosphere is definitely a good choice. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Sorry for a dumb question: what is a “cruiser table”? A table people can stand/sit at for a short time then move on? 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

Yes. They are the tables you stand at. Or I guess you could sit if you had tall bar stools.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We are going non-traditional because I too want to scratch my eyes out when 8pm rolls around and I have nothing but a mini-crabcake in my tummy.

We decided on stations and an East Coast style wedding.  So no sitting for four hours while Dad laments on your ugly duckling stage in junior high!  Here is a breakdown:

  • Guests seated, Intros, First Dance, Bride & Groom Speak, Everyone dances!
  • Stations Open
  • 30 minutes or so later – Maid/Matron of Honor & Bridesmaid or Best Man speeches, Everyone dances!
  • Eat some more
  • Parents speeches, Mom/Daughter/Son dances, everyone dances!
  • Eat some more
  • Any other speeches, B&G dance with all the little kids, everyone dances!
  • Dance all night long!

This way the tone is set right away that we are there to have fun and want everyone to join us!  Plus it gets the aunts/uncles that are going to try to sneak off early dancing at least once. πŸ™‚

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