Post # 1
Hey ya’ll. I’m looking for some wedding reception ideas. My boyfriend and I want to have a VERY small wedding, with immediate family only. It will probably be around 20-30 people. Depending on what time of year we decide to get married, the wedding will either be outside (in a garden/vineyard type setting), or at our home church. Neither of us are dying to have a traditional wedding reception, and with so few guests, I feel like it would be a little strange anyway. There will be no bridesmaids/groomsmen, no cake-cutting (donuts instead!), no garter toss, etc. One thing we definitely want is FOOD! We are huge foodies, so it’s an absolute must that we have an amazing meal.
Did anyone have a non-traditional/unique/alternate wedding reception? I’d love to hear what you did, or any ideas! My creativity is lacking! Thanks in advance 🙂
Post # 2
My friend was going to do a wine tasting/pairing reception and hire a professional wine connoissuer to help people! Seemed like a neat idea for a smaller reception.
Post # 3
I love the sound of such an intimate and family affair! Since you want something to follow a ceremony I would look for local places that appeal to your tastes: breweries, wineries, food trucks.
I am doing a lawn games cocktail hour and then a BBQ buffet hopefully followed by a dance party 🙂
Post # 4
Omg I’m doing the same thing. My family loves a good bbq!
Post # 5
Ours too! I just love the idea of having everyone having a filling and delicous meal. I don’t mind that it’s potentially messy.
Post # 6
Have you thought about having the reception at a museum or zoo?
Post # 7
we booked a restaurant that has a huge fireplace and invited to people to lunch – we didnt tell them we were getting married! they turned up and there we were dressed in our wedding attire with a celebrant. Best thing we ever did!!!
Post # 8
A friend hired a caravan to the desert flatbeds. She has an amazing photoshoot and the caravan made everyone lunch and refreshments. They then went back to the city to have dinner at a buffet or restaurant. Another had a small wedding and took everyone to a mexican restaurant for dinner then a cute little club for drinks and dancing
Post # 9
I wanted a smaller wedding without all of the traditional reception stuff too. We are getting married on a boat. after the ceremony we are takinng everyone on a 2 hour boat cruise around the bay, which will also serve as a “cocktail” hour. Once we dock, we’re having supper at a restaurant on the wharf. They are catering it as a buffet for us.
We’re still having cake, but we aren’t having a dance or anything. I’m going to do a bouquet toss along the wharf right after we get off the boat.
After dinner we are just going back to our cottages for a campfire, and then some of us will be going out to a club along the wharf that night. Ita Labor Day weekend and our wedding is in a beach town, so we’re making a whole weekend out of it.
Post # 10
We re going high tea all the way. Scones, jam and cream, gourmet sandwiches, quiches etc.
Post # 11
100% worth it to spend $$ on amazing food. It was our top priority and we were thrilled with how it turned out- it was the thing people still talk about.
Post # 12
Love the idea of a high tea!
Depends on what you and your guests would want to do. You’re a small enough group you could do one long table and just have a great family meal. You could rent out a gallery space; where I live, you can rent out a part of the nature museum and have a small ceremony or cocktail hour in the butterfly room. You could do a brunch to go with the donuts & bring in a gourmet coffee cart to make delicious drinks for your guests. With a small group of people, you can really do whatever would make your day feel special.
Post # 13
With that small of a group I would do a really gorgeous outdoor garden dinner party. I’d go all out on a table/decor and hire an amazing caterer or private chef and do a multi-course meal. Maybe a musician to play some background music and have just a really awesome dinner party.
Something like this :
Otherwise I’d be inclined to do a morning ceremony and brunch reception.
Post # 14
We are doing something very similiar. 3 hour bay cruise at sunset, with coktails and appetizer reception. Invinting guests back to our hotel to continue the party afterwards if they want to join!
Post # 15
We’re renting a huge lake house and having our close family and friends spend the weekend with us there! (It wasn’t as expensive as you would think.) The actual wedding will be on a Saturday, which additional guests are invited to since the dining room can accomodate up to 70 people. No dancing, but there’ll be lawn games, board games, booze, tacos, ice cream, and a bon fire.