Post # 1
Ok, so we are having a very laid back wedding and reception. My Fiance and I are very family oriented and want to have kids running around. So we were thinking of having like a two-part reception. The first part at the park where the wedding will be. We were thinking about having the food then. That part will be non-alcoholic, because of so many children. Then later on in the day, having like an adult only afterparty. with the alcohol then.
How would that sound to you as a guest?
Post # 4
sounds very tiring honestly. but it depends on how the day flows.
Post # 5
We actually just attended a wedding like this two weeks ago. It was interesting however the down side was the waiting in between the first and second reception….we literally had nothing to do/no where to go for over two hours.
Just a logistical issue to consider, especially if you have out of town guests.
Post # 6
We were gunna have the first one end and the secong one start pretty close together. But far enough part to where people can get children to a babysitter
Post # 7
If it’s an “afterparty”…then i think that’s fine.
But if it’s a reception, i’d call it a reception.
I’ve been to dry weddings that had an after party…but that didn’t involve everyone invited to the wedding
I think people may find issue with 1. having to drive from the reception to another party and/or 2. not having a drink with the dinner if you’re serving a full meal.
Most people (at least those I know) appreciate being able to have a drink after the wedding to get the party started.
I’d go one way or the other…kids invited to the whole thing or having a dry park reception.
Post # 8
If I was a guest with children who wanted to attend both parts of the event, I think it would be pretty annoying to have to take my kids home half-way through.
Post # 9
I can see the positives of doing this, but as a guest I think it’d be kind of weird, In My Humble Opinion. I mean, if I had a child and we got to eat after the wedding, I don’t kow if I would attend the other party just because it seems weird to have 2 parties for the same thing, ya know? And to eat, go home, get a babysitter and go to another party to just drink and have no food? that can’t be a good combo.
Maybe just not have kids at the reception and write that on the invite.
Post # 10
Do you have lots of friends without children? Or friends that won’t bring their kids? It could work if you did. Otherwise you could end up drinking at the bar yourself. A ton of people have afterparties (where the entire guest list is invited) so I don’t think this is strange.
Post # 11
sounds like a good compromise but very tiring and long. will there be a gap between the ceremony and first reception? how about between the first and the second reception? honestly with the separate receptions, i would pick one to attend. will you also have food at the second reception with the drinking?
Post # 12
We do have some close friends that have children. So the consensus is to have an afterparty? Oh we will have like snack food there not just alcohol. I was honestly trying to find a happy medium. I don’t like having alcohol around children.
Post # 13
There won’t be much of a gap in between anything
Post # 14
I think it depends on who you want to show up at the after party and how many hours total everything will be.
Would the after party be hosted and paid by you?
There arent many people I would dedicate 10 plus hours to plus driving etc. especially if I had to pay my own way at the after party.
Post # 15
If there isn’t much of a gap, I could see a lot of people just going home and not attending the adult party if they had children. Seems like a lot of work, honestly. What about just having 1 reception and making it adult only? That seems to be a happy medium.
Post # 16
we’re having our wedding out on so’s family’s acreage. we’ll all be camping there that night. we’ll be asking that all children under 16 be in their tents by 11. we’ll be paying some “babysitters” to walk around and monitor the kids or have them stay in tents with younger children. no complaints from any adults:)