We are planning on getting married on 11/7/2020 with a small ceremony and postponing our reception to a later safer date. We arent sure what to do after our small ceremony as it will still early in the day and we still want to celebrate the day. We will not be using our venue after the ceremony as the reception portion of the day is being postponed per contract. Have any of you done something similar, and what did you decide to do after? A small dinner?
I would make reservations or plans for a nice lunch or dinner with your new husband and your guests at a restaurant nearby. see if your photographer can stick around to photo your departure and maybe a few moments before you eat.
Small dinner or host at someone home that can accommodate how ever many people that would like to come.
We still do family gatherings. It’s no way to really avoid the COVID honestly people that have been following every rule to the T- still are getting the Covid (new flu). I know that might sound weird but narrow it down to a few that wouldn’t mind getting together.
We did this. We didn't used our original venue at all this year, but we will have a reception there next year/when it's safe. We just had the whole thing outside of my parents' house. We rented a tent and enough small tables to keep people distanced. We did individually packaged heavy appetizers and had more than enough food for everyone for dinner, but you could certainly do a lighter version earlier in the day. Everything was presented in a formal way, but it was a fairly relaxed atmosphere. We had photos taken, there were speeches, and then an ice cream truck came and we played lawn games. It was perfect.
Reservations at a restaurant for lunch or dinner would be good if you have reserved area big enough for your guests. You could meet somewhere for cake and punch if you prefer.
We are doing a small immediate family only (parents, grandparents and siblings). Less than 15 people total. We are getting married at an orchard and then will be doing a lunch/dinner depending on time at my in laws house. We can do dances, relax with a few drinks and play yard games.
We are doing very similar. We aren't even using our original venue for our smaller ceremony. We're going somewhere else entirely!
Either way- we chose to go out for a non-hosted dinner (everyone will pay for their own meal!) to celebrate. We are only having our parents and grandparents present, as we had to keep it to 10 people per NYS restaurant restrictions (only 10 per table).
I'm okay with it. Honestly. At first I was bummed, and sure maybe I am still a little, but I've actually grown very excited for our small October ceremony and I couldn't really care less about the vow renewal/reception in June with everyone else!
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That sounds fun that is something i would be more excited about then going to a restaurant. I feel like if we just go out to eat after we still wont talk to even the small amount of people there and it wont feel that special. What state are you getting married in?
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We thought about going toa restaurant but NH has a limit of like 6 to a table. They won't seat you near each other either to prevent gathering up or walking between tables.