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Casey
Savvy July 2011

Help! We want a short Reception.

Casey, on February 15, 2011 at 12:59 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 0 13
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Okay so my FH and I have decided to have a very simple, short reception in his mothers garden (we're inviting about 70 people) With just simple food like sandwiches and salads, some deserts. No dancing or drinking. How long should I expect this to last? We are hoping for like an hour long reception, maybe even shorter. We dont want toasts or anything just casual and relaxed. Should I "Join us for a short reception" on the card so people arent suprised when we leave after only an hour? Its at 3 oclock so i figure people assume it wont be an all night sort of thing...wdyt?

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Latest activity by Renee, on March 21, 2014 at 2:01 PM
  • october bride
    VIP October 2010
    october bride ·
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    Hmm 1 hour is really short. are these people traveling far? i could see some people being upset if they drove quite a while and hten stay for just an hour.

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  • Sharon
    Master June 2010
    Sharon ·
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    I would say something like join the bride and groom for a short garden reception following the ceremony. maybe put the time afterwards (1pm to 2pm)?

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  • Sharon
    Master June 2010
    Sharon ·
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    I think if you put the time on the cards/invitations, people traveling can decide whether they want to take the time to drive for hours just for such a small amount of time.

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  • Meghan
    Master August 2011
    Meghan ·
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    We are doing something similar. We are having a short ceremony, then a small luncheon (guest list is 60). No drinking, dancing, toasts, etc. We will do a cake cutting and a grand exit though.

    Since our guests are mainly family- we have just told them it will be very short and not a formal recpetion. We are thinking we will put Luncheon to Follow on the invitations instead of Reception to Follow.

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  • Casey
    Savvy July 2011
    Casey ·
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    Nobody is traveling more than a half hour. thanks fir the ideas!

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  • Shannon S.
    Master March 2011
    Shannon S. ·
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    I would say something like, "Please join the bride and groom for light refreshments after the ceremony." If you're just putting out punch, tea or coffee, cookies, and maybe some tea sandwiches, people won't hang around too long. It's booze and dancing that keep people hangin' round. I would guess at the very least, people will start getting hungry or bored around 5 and start to clear out.

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  • L
    Devoted June 2011
    Lauren ·
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    You could put "please join us for a light reception from 1-2PM immediately after the ceremony..." Light reception is code for light food like sandwiches and salad.

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  • Konichiwa
    Master January 2010
    Konichiwa ·
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    I personally think an hour should be fine. Since most receptions last longer I do agree with pp that you should note it's a short reception on the invite or on a reception card, that way, people are aware it's not a full dinner 5 hour affair and no one is suprised to see you guys skip out! =)

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  • *~WiiFeY~*
    Master June 2011
    *~WiiFeY~* ·
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    I wouldn't even call it a reception.. Maybe, "Celebrate with the bride and groom with light refreshments" or something along those lines and add the time.

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  • Casey
    Savvy July 2011
    Casey ·
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    Thank you all!

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  • Mrs. Hainsworth
    VIP November 2011
    Mrs. Hainsworth ·
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    Honestly close friend (one of my BMs) just got married last June and it was about an hour away from me, and the reception was only two hours, so I'd drive as much as I'd be there, and didn't go. That sounds kinda bad, but she didn't have a big ceremony, so no one went to that. I just think that much less people will come if it's a luncheon. You could put that it's a cocktail reception. Light snacks and drinks constitutes that. Also, the only way for a long reception (like mine 4 hours) to end is for the music to stop and the DJ to mention something.

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  • FutureMrsClark
    Devoted April 2011
    FutureMrsClark ·
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    Our reception is only one hour and it is only wedding cake, groom cake, punch, nuts, and mints. We have informed all the guests the reception is a desert reception only and is only one hour. For the people coming from out of town my mother is giving a rehersal sit down dinner and is inviting all the out of town guests.

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  • R
    Just Said Yes October 2014
    Renee ·
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    We are doing the same thing. My entire wedding and reception is only 2.5 hrs long. Finger foods, fruit and cheese stands, punch, wedding cake and coffee tea service. I am planning a BBQ lunch after church on Saturday for my out of town guest. I'm letting people know the time line so they can decide if its worth their time.

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