When my FI and I started planning our DW we had estimated our budget and what we would need to save each month in order to make it happen. Unfortunately, as time has passed some things have come up that required less money put into savings. I had my heart set on having a semi-traditional reception at our DW - father daughter dance, first dance with my new husband, cake cutting... looking at costs of the place we're going to book, it looks as though only having a dinner reception in their restaurant (no music or dancing) is what we can afford. What are you ladies doing for your guests after your ceremony? I know a lot of girls are at an all inclusive location. We're not so I was hoping to get some opinions on if a fancy dinner "reception" would be adequate for a DW?
Also, some guests who are invited but unable to come (they let me know after they got their save-the-dates) are asking/suggesting we do an AHR. Can you give me advice as to what's acceptable for AHRs? I've read too many times on other boards that these are just bad etiquette and I worry that some people won't appreciate celebrating with us at home.