(Closed) Unusual Reception Ideas?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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taylor4865:  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 🙂

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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seejanebee:  Omg I’m doing the same thing. My family loves a good bbq! 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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Angelique13:  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.

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Busy bee

Have you thought about having the reception at a museum or zoo?

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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!!!

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

We re going high tea all the way. Scones, jam and cream, gourmet sandwiches, quiches etc.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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. 

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Buzzing bee

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Blueghostgirl:  Love the idea of a high tea!

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taylor4865:  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.

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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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taylor4865:  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. 

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Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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maritimebride2016:  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!  

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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. 

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