Is it ever appropriate to host an “open house” type of reception? My daughter is looking at having a reception at a park with a lodge and pavillion that can be rented. The problem is, it only holds about 60 people. Both sides of the family alone are large so that limits us. My question …

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Can We Have A Reception Before a Ceremony? I’m having a very small informal wedding in the Arizona desert with approximately 50 guests. We’ll be having the ceremony and reception in the same location and we’re planning on a sunset ceremony. Can we have the reception before the ceremony, ending the evening with the sunset …

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Ceremony & Reception In The Same Place Ok, here’s a good one my fiance came up with (this is why I love him)… Our ceremony and reception are in the same place. There will be tables set on either side of a dance floor which will double as an aisle. We’ll say our vows in …

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I’m having an issue in figuring out how to handle the parent dances for the reception. My fiancee’s father passed away suddenly a couple of years ago. She is still very much affected by it, as she understandably should be, but it has created an issue regarding my dance with my mother. My fiancee told …

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How late should I reception go til, is 8pm too early? We are getting married at 3pm on a Saturday. The reception hall is about 10 minutes away from the church. We are planning a cocktail hour from 4-5 and dinner at 5.30. Since most vendors do everything in 4 hours increments that means our …

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Alternative to the Garter and Bouquet Toss

Are there any new or modern traditions as alternative to the garter and bouquet tosses?? My fiance and I are not having a very traditional wedding, we are exchanging vows in Las Vegas. We don’t have very many single friends, so we won’t be doing a traditional garter/bouquet toss at the reception. Are there any …

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Wedding Reception Centerpieces

  Dollar bills used to win centerpieces?? Hi I was wondering about the game where a dollar bill is used to win the centerpiece. Usually the dollar is passed around the table or someone runs around the table with it. Are there any specific rules to the game? Thanks – Tom Native para Donna, Wedding …

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How Much Time Is Too Much Time Between The Ceremony And Reception? Question: We are thinking of having our wedding at 12 pm and our cocktail hour stars at 4:30. The majority of our guests are local, but we do have some out-of-towners, of course. We live in an area where there is plenty to …

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My fiance and I will be sitting at a sweetheart table (just us) at the reception. We have 10 people in our wedding party (5 groomsmen and 5 bridesmaids). The venue coordinator says we seat the wedding party with their plus ones (many are married) in the front in between our immediate family tables. But …

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Can We Have A Wedding Ceremony After A Courthouse Marriage? Ok, so here is my issue. I have been reading some of the posts and now I’m worried I may not be going about this the right way. My finace is in the service and scheduled to go overseas and so we are getting married …

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What To Wear To A Summer Afternoon Wedding My husband and I, who are youthful senior citizens, have been invited to a late-afternoon/evening wedding and reception in a country club setting. No dress code was specified, but the invitation itself was very formal, and both families are Armenian. I think I would be safe in a …

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Drink Ideas for Western or Country Weddings We are having a western themed reception and would like to “name” some drinks to go with the theme. Any ideas? Donna, Wedding Queen Oooh, sounds like a hoot! Here are a few ideas… Cowboy Cocktail Cactus Cooler “Giddy”Up Bandana Banger One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor Six …

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We are having a small wedding with just our immediate family and and closest friends. It is an out of town wedding and our list goes from inviting 30 to having to invite 115. We are financially strapped so we are trying to make the most of it without going into dire debt. We are …

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Invitation Wording: Reception-Only Invitation My fiance and I have decided we don’t want a big ceremony (if any) and only want to have a reception with family and friends. We are unsure of what type of invitation to send out and if we should register anywhere or to even expect gifts. Any advice on what …

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