Wedding Supplies / Wedding Reception Supplies / Wedding Party Gifts / Wedding Favors

HACKER SAFE certified sites prevent over 99.9% of hacker crime.

  Wedding Ideas   Wedding Supplies    Wedding Favors   Ask an Expert    Personalized Gifts    Invitation Etiquette     On Sale Now!!!

 

SEARCH for gifts like Flask

 

INSIDE OUR STORE

 

New Wedding Supplies

On Sale Wedding Supplies

Baby Shower Favors
Child Gifts
Clearanced Wedding Supplies
Customer Care
Fall Wedding Favorites
Gifts for Girls
Gifts for the Guys
Gifts for the Parents
Gifts Under $10.00
Invitations & Programs
Kate Aspen Wedding Favors
Memorial Accessories
Personality Favors
Personalized Tin Mints
Planning Ideas
Sparkling Cider Favors
Water Bottle Labels
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Chocolate Favors
Wedding Favors
Wedding Reception
Winter Wedding Favors
Unique Items
 
 

LET'S TALK ABOUT WEDDINGS!

join the fun now!
Inside
Our Guide

 a - z planning index
 Attendants
 African Weddings
 
Bridal Beauty
 
Bridal Showers
 
Budget
 Catering
 
Ceremony
 Checklists
 Centerpieces
 
Destination Weddings
 
Favor ideas
 Flowers
 
Holiday Themes
 
Gift Registry
 
Gown search
 
Honeymoons
 
Invitations

 Jewish Weddings
 
Jewelry

 Marriage license

 
Military Weddings
 
Money  & Legal Advice
 
Parties & Bridal Showers
 
Photography & Video
 
Planning Advice
 
Planning Timeline
 
Planning articles
 
Photography
 
Reception
 
Receptions
 
Rehearsals
 
Rehearsals Dinner
 
Second Weddings
 
Theme Weddings
 
Transportation
 
Vows & Passages
 
Wedding Cakes
 
Wedding Etiquette
 
Wedding Vows
 
Wedding Music & Songs
 
Wedding Party & Family
 
Wedding Programs
 
Wedding Speeches

 Wedding Worksheets
 

 
Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Wedding Planning & Sales Newsletter  
For Email Marketing you can trust
Wedding Planning > Wedding Receptions

Wedding Receptions: Intimate Ceremony and Reception Family Only

My finance and I are paying for our own wedding and are trying to keep costs down yet would like something different than the traditional "ceremony/ dinner/reception".  We would like to have an intimate ceremony and dinner with immediate family only. Because this means leaving out many of people we would like to have an evening 'reception' but are unsure of how to recoup our costs. This reception would include the 'first dance' and cake cutting - like a normal reception except for the full dinner. We would be serving food but are unsure what.  Can you give me your advice/suggestions on the above or other different wedding ideas?


I fully understand the limits of paying for your own wedding, and also your preferences in how that wedding will take place.

In a case like yours, you will need to decide what you can afford, as well as what you would most like to do, to determine what your specific options would be.  In my experience, guests' reactions vary when it comes to being invited to a reception and not the wedding.  You'll need
to decide if who and what you'd like to include in the evening reception will be worth doing-- and affordable-- or if there's some other more reasonable and practical arrangement to make.

There is no reason, even if the guests are invited to the wedding as well, that you need to provide a full dinner for your guests.  If the timing is not right at a normal mealtime, you can easily get by with a "cake and punch" reception ("punch" referring to whatever beverage(s) you prefer, of course) or some sort of cocktail/hors d'oeuvres
refreshments.

By limiting the number of guests (the most important budget-saving strategy of all), and by limiting the variety of refreshments, you can certainly keep refreshment costs down.  Limiting decorations/centerpieces will also keep you in budget.

There is also no reason, actually, that you *need* to have either a cake-cutting *or* a first dance.  Many weddings don't-- and you need to think through if these traditions are that important to you to bring guests out to see them.

You'll also need to think about the costs/logistics associated with this--- location rental probably, some sort of decorated cake (although that could be fairly simple and inexpensive, depending on your tastes and expectations), and some sort of musical arrangements (which could be as simple as a portable cassette player, but might be more.)

I wish I knew a little more about why you are looking at the arrangement you mentioned, and what other values/expectations you have about your wedding.  Do feel free to write me back with more about that if you
wish.

Because in some ways, it seems like it would be nicer and a
more-efficient use of your money to cut the guest list way down to immediate family plus closest friends (maybe only 20-30 people?) and then have this group attend both the ceremony and a more-intimate dinner celebration.  Or, to wed privately and have this smaller number of guests at reception/dinner.

Certainly you would miss seeing the wider reception guests, but every couple has to decide to stop at *some* tier of family, friends, co-workers, church members, etc.  It's a matter of really thinking through and prioritizing who you MOST want to share the day/celebration, how much you want/can spend hosting them-- and how best you can enjoy them and they can enjoy your wedding.

There are really no-end of other "non-traditional" ceremony/reception options. Without knowing you better, it's impossible to really suggest much intelligently, but I hope that these considerations help. 

Whatever path your plans take, we wish you a wonderful wedding and lasting happiness in marriage.

 

 

Wedding Reception Articles
Advice: Bride specified no alcohol during her reception.  Is this acceptable?
Advice: Brunch Reception Questions
Advice: Cash or open bar? which one is better?
Advice: Cocktail reception, Is three hours enough?
Advice: Dinner Ideas vs Large Reception
Advice: Foods Easy to transport
Advice: Garden party lunch, wine only. Bar too?
Advice: Guidelines Pertaining to Alcohol
Advice: How to save money on your reception
Advice: Interactive Games for All Guests to Enjoy
Advice: Finding a reception hall for a low price.
Advice: My partner's parents have both re married. What order do we seat them?
Advice: Need Second Location Just for the Dance?
Advice: No Dancing at our reception.  Christian suggestions
Advice: Our guests may have to travel about 45-50 minutes from the ceremony to the reception & back home again.   Should we not have our celebration there because of the travel time for our guests?
Advice: Should we not have our celebration because of the travel time for our guests?
Advice: Should we serve alcohol at the reception?
Sit Down Dinner vs Reception
Advice: What type of wedding reception to have
Article: The Complete Wedding Reception Guide
Articles: Choosing an Entertainer for Your Reception
Articles: Choosing music for your reception
Articles: Hiring a wedding caterer
Articles: Interactive Games for All Guests to Enjoy
Articles: Liquor Breakdown for a Fully Stocked Bar
Articles: Reception Guidelines & Questions
Articles: Reception Times and Suggestions
Articles: Serve wows after the vows - The Wedding Cake
Articles: Sample Menus for Different Types of Reception
Articles: Suggested time table for our reception
Articles: The Wedding MC - More than just few jokes
Articles: The Complete Wedding Reception Guide
Articles: Tips for a successful wedding reception
Articles: Unique Table Numbers
Articles: What type of wedding reception to have
Articles: Creative Reception Decoration Ideas
Articles: Products that can be used to shower us
Articles: Wedding Vows Little Things of Big Importance
Reception Styles
Reception Tip - Honoring the Deceased
Reception Tip - Kid Food
Reception Tip - Place cards
Reception Tip- Table for the Young


We pledge to have the lowest prices on all of our products!!!
 If you see a lower price advertised, just call us at
1-425.353.2191  and we will beat that price!


Wedding Supplies Store

SHOP FOREVER WED
1.425.353.2191
Most orders ship in
1- 2 Business Days


Black Calla Lily
$24.95/Pack of 24
  $17.95/Pack of 24


Bridal Party
Toasting Flutes
$
7.95

Interchangeable Family Crest Personalized Unity Candle
$39.98
$29.99


Tuxedo Sports Mug
$
12.95
Sale $5.99

 


Personalized Tin Mints -
Love Bird on Leaves

Regularly $2.50
$0.99 - $1.95

Color Coordinated

 

 


Motorcycle Get away
Wedding Cake Topper

$39.98

 

     We accept all major credit cards.

     Order online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
     365 days a year.
      All personal information you submit is encrypted & 100%  secure
 


100% Satisfaction Guarantee
- If for any reason you are not satisfied with any* of our wedding supplies, return it for either an exchange or a full refund of the purchase price.  *(Personalized items are not returnable for any reason)
            Fast, Reliable Shipping & Delivery, Unique Quality Gifts, Great Customer Service


Wedding favor ideas |  attendant gifts  |  wedding Accessories |  wedding invitations |  design collections |  wedding themes |  bridal  Accessories |  wedding reception ideas |   wedding planning articles |  Place Card Holders |  unique wedding favors |  Beach Favors |  Personalized Favors |  wedding candies |  bridal shower ideas |  wine favors |  bridal shower favors |  golf wedding favors |  wedding party gifts |  flower wedding favors |  favor box fall favor ideas |   favor presentation ideas wedding supplies and favors | wedding decorations Asian Favors  glass & crystal favorsBridesmaid GiftsGroomsmen Gifts  | silver wedding supplies Unity Candles wedding supplies | personalized wedding favor ideas | Wedding Supplies

contact ForeverWed Wedding Supplies Store, Wedding Supplies Warehouse at 1-425-353-2191

ForeverWed.com  is a premier planning site for wedding supplies & wedding planning, for wedding and reception supplies. Voted "Best wedding Supply Site" 2007 and 2008 with the Lowest Prices and Best Value on Bridesmaids Gifts, Groomsman Gifts and Wedding Supplies. Including  toasting glasses, decorations, personalized chocolates, tin mints,   Appropriate descriptive keywords include: wedding supplies, special events, wedding favors, reception supplies, weddings ideas.