Wedding without reception, anyone? Budget should not be a hindrance to getting married and in fact, for some women and couples trying to establish a new family, spending too much on a wedding party can be seen as a waste of money. Especially as starting a family is not at all easy when it comes to finances and especially if you are a pregnant bride.
Okay, I’m not trying to be a killjoy.I’m just trying to say that a wedding without a reception can be possible and in fact, acceptable. If you can save a fair amount of money later, then you may want to have that lavish and grand thanksgiving party for all your family and friends – but if the resources won’t allow you to have that grand wedding reception today, you can still get married.
Small Simple Wedding Ideas – Skipping the Reception
When we talk about simple weddings these days, many people would think about fewer names on the guest list, skipping some luxurious dining set-up and preparing the food themselves. But not many would think about skipping the reception.
Could be a Problem for Guests Living Out of Town
One good friend of mine once told me about how she felt strange about a wedding she attended that had no reception at all and the idea was somehow new to her. Although she wasn’t complaining about not being fed after the wedding – she was trying to figure out how the guests from out of town handled the situation. Of course, if they drove to the wedding for hours with no wedding reception, or a chance to mingle with the newlyweds and their families and friends, it seemed to be kind of rude.
“If you don’t like dancing then maybe having a wedding without a reception is appealing to you?”
Preparation is Important
However, if you plan to have a really simple wedding without the reception, it is acceptable. Yes, I think it is totally acceptable. You just have to indicate on your wedding invitation (if you are inviting lots of people) that the wedding is ‘ceremony only’. This way, your guests can prepare themselves and not expect any party afterwards.
Planning A Wedding Ceremony With No Reception
Of course – You don’t have to have a reception or party. A friend I know took his bride-to-be to the city hall, had a couple of friends to serve as witnesses and the wedding was done in a flash. You can also have a simple wedding ceremony with just a few family and friends, eat out in a restaurant and the celebrations are over. You can actually get married without the fuss and hassles of wedding parties.
When it comes to small simple wedding ideas, you can opt for civil weddings or you can even go for church weddings without the reception. For as long as you have informed your guests about it, then it is not a problem.
As a wedding planner, I sometimes get requests for no reception weddings and it’s something that can be done. It’s totally practical as well, but a couple of things to remember- if you want to go for a wedding ceremony only then tell everyone in advance and limit the number of people you invite, especially guests who have to travel far.
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