Is it tacky to have more than one reception?

Without any trace of doubt, weddings are not the easiest thing to organize. In fact, it can be downright difficult to bring together many people, to satisfy all their tastes in matters of food and style and to make sure you don’t make any kind of compromise on your own dreams and tastes either.

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Organizing a wedding reception is almost a “must” when it comes to such a huge event, but there are many people who choose to organize two receptions instead of just one. Some may do this because they want to bring all the friends together at one reception and all the family members at another one. Others may choose to do this because they want a “larger” reception and then something smaller, according to their budget. Before you settle for this option though, take into consideration the following things:

  • It is way more complicated to organize two receptions than to organize just one (even if one of them is smaller and more intimate). Just think of the fact that you will have to go through all the things reception-related (drinks, location, and so on) twice, not just once!
  • Some people’s feelings can get seriously hurt. It is not OK to invite them to the ceremony and then close the door behind you and tell them that you’ll see them later at the “small reception”. No matter with how much grace you handle this, there will still be people who will feel at least slightly offended.
  • A reception does not have to be very expensive if you cannot afford it and if this is the main reason you want to throw two separate parties. In fact, a reception’s purpose is that you “receive” your guests and thank them for being there for you on such an important moment of your life. If your reception doesn’t fall during a meal hour, it is OK to serve just refreshments and maybe some snacks.


If you haven’t found your perfect wedding venue yet, make sure to check out with Black Horse Inn. We’ve got everything you need for a wedding torn out of fairytales and both you and your guests will just love our location!


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