My fiance and I are planning our wedding on a bit of a tighter budget. Our wedding will likely be at 2pm on a Saturday (we are currently just penciled in until our meeting with our priest). We had an idea of having a cake and punch reception from 7pm to 10pm later that night. The wedding would go from about 2-330 (it will be a Catholic Mass), so there would be a gap from about 3:30-7. Then, we would take pictures and have dinner with our wedding party and come back for the reception. We would make it clear on the invitation that it is a dessert reception and we would recommend restaurants for our guests. My parents seem to really prefer that we would have a meal, but that’s out of our budget.
The other option may be moving the wedding to 1:30pm on a Friday and having a dessert reception from about 3 to 530pm. Then, maybe we’d go out for dinner with the bridal party and perhaps close family afterward.
My parents have offered to help us financially so we could do a meal, which is really generous, but we also don’t want them to be burdened financially because of our wedding.
Thoughts on these? And thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts!