(Closed) Wedding Breakfast vs No Wedding Breakfast?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I completely understand the tight budget!  Just to clarify, do you mean that you will have the formal ceremony with everyone present and then after that a lunch for just the wedding party, followed by an evening reception?  If so, what time will the ceremony be? And where is it – will it be easy for guests to find somewhere to eat?  I’m not sure of the etiquette of inviting everyone to watch the ceremony then telling them to find their own lunch and then come back for the evening, I think it may be awkward?

What we’re thinking about doing is having the ceremony immediately followed by a reception, which will have food and drink and we’ll cover all the costs for that. Then we’ll have a few hours where everyone can do their own thing, and meet up again in the evening for drinks followed by a meal (which we think people may pay for themselves because we can’t afford to pay for both) but this is because ours is a destination wedding with a small number of guests, so people can spend the afternoon swimming, lying on the beach or just taking a nap!  Which i guess makes it easier in a way.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MrsStobe813:yes, I would say move the wedding to later, and have the reception immediately after.  that will keep things much simpler as well.  The only reason we’re not doing that is because the town hall where we’re getting married closes at 12 noon every day!  So we’ll just have the reception immediately afterwards, and then a really informal dinner in the evening. 

I wonder if you really want to feed the wedding party, you could be totally non-traditional and do a PRE-wedding breakfast, before the ceremony, that is small and intimate, then do the ceremony with the guests with reception after? But feel free to ignore as I know that breaks lots of traditions and groomie would see you before ceremony, etc! can’t think of any other suggestions I’m afraid.  Also a pre-wedding breakfast means that you all arrive at the ceremony together which is kind of nice.  hmm, it’s a toughie being broke and trying to keep everyone happy, isn’t it! 

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