(Closed) Too minimalistic / simple reception? Tacky?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It sounds perfect–!!!  Don’t worry about not having a ‘traditional’ reception!!  Best wishes!

Post # 4
2344 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have been to a reception like this and it was lovely. People enjoyed wine, conversation and great food at a really good restaurant. I think its great!

Post # 5
1765 posts
Buzzing bee

It sounds very nice.  Nothing more needed if you don’t want to.  But why so far away??  That seems like the trip etc, will be very hard and stressful. 

Post # 7
1104 posts
Bumble bee

I think it sounds fine. The restaurant might be able to put tealight candles or something on the table for you – a wedding I went to in a restaurant had that and you really don’t need anything else especially when you have such a small group of people. People are there to see you get married and celebrate, not critique your decorations 🙂

Post # 8
1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think it sounds lovely. At the end of the day, you’ll have the people you love, good food, wine, and cake! Why would you need anything else? We do get a bit enthralled by all the frills and frippery around here, but that’s all just fun icing on a great cake, so to speak. Would there be an option in town for an after party/ disco or something, if ye did want to go dancing after?

My FSILs (two in same week) did a Destination Wedding in Rome, so we all schlepped over there. Weddings were so relaxed, it was great. Sightseeing  all morning, ceremony at 3, then back to hotel, brides wanted to change, then we actually wandered the city til we found a restaurant that could accommodate 40 of us on no notice! Then we simply colonised the best Irish bar in town, and spent the night singing!

Now I personally like the idea of actually having the dinner booked, like yourself. But you’re really missing nothing with your current plan. Maybe as PP said, candles in addition to table linens – Lots of candles. Cheap, but effective, and cosy too.

Post # 10
105 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I wouldn’t be bothered at all and would appreciate the intimacy. It actually sounds rather lovely and if not for my mother’s wishes, I would have done something similar.

If you really wanted some sort of centrepiece, maybe tea lights (they’re really cheap) and you could put paper lanterns surrounding them? Or floating tea lights, because they’re rather pretty.

People can get bored even at big lavish receptions, so it’s really how well your reception is planned that will ensure whether people will have a great time. Good luck. 🙂

Post # 11
6 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

It sounds wonderful (and a lot like what I am planning to do). Candles are always nice or maybe just some photos/copies of photos of you and your FH. It’s a conversation piece and you probably already have these. Enjoy

Post # 12
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The only “standards” your wedding needs to match up to is your own. If you want simple, go simple! It sounds very intimate and cozy!

Do what makes you and your Fiance happy, that is what it is really all about.

Post # 13
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@MsInterpret – I am from Iowa and know the whole state pretty well. If you need any recommendations on anything, let me know. If I don’t know, I am sure I have people who know. 

Best of luck!!! 

Post # 14
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I love the idea! Actually, that is more or less exactly what my fiance and I are planning on doing except we are were planning on decorating the tables at the resturant a little with paper flowers because that is the look we liked and we wanted it to be a little decorated. The only thing I would suggest is that, somewhere on the invite you make it clear somehow that you are just planning on going out to a resturant after the ceremony rather than the whole 9 yards of having a formal reception… maybe say something like ceremony to be held at…. dinner to follow at…. resturant. Just so your guests will know what to expect especially if they will be traveling. It might be bad if guests expect a formal reception with dancing and a dj and all that, travel all that way, and not know that’s not the plan.

Post # 15
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m having my reception at an awesome “family” restraunt/pankoekenhuis (pancake house).  It’s only 40 people and a buffet.  The restraunt is taking care of all the decorations (ie they’ll provide flowers in my colors as part of the cost) and will have candles and such.

I am SOOOO happy I don’t have to decorate. 😉

So no, I don’t think you’re missing anything! Have fun, relax, and let the restraunt do the work!!

Post # 16
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We had our reception at a restaurant, and I decided early on that decorating the venue wasn’t important to me. We made sure to choose a space that we thought had enough appeal on it’s own, and we saved a ton of money by not decorating! 

We were going for more of a relaxed cocktail party vibe, so we figured that the open bar and fancy apps would be enough, and it was!

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