PW Guide Article: Home Reception Site – The Pros and the Cons

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Home Reception Site ? The Pros and the Cons

Whether your parents insist on hosting a home reception to take the burden off of your shoulders or you're thinking of having an intimate gathering with your closest family and friends, you're not alone if you've considered a home reception site for

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Posted on January 8, 2009 at 5:18 am
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Good article, but I have to disagree on some level with the "saves money" argument. What I've found out in the process of planning a home wedding (though not my home), is that when you have to bring everything in (consider lighting and rentals, in particular), it ups the expense considerably. I'm also renting a home for my location, so that's an added cost as well.


Another thing to consider - and I list this as a "con" - is that a home reception requires you to do an awful lot more yourself than would ordinarily be necessary at a "wedding venue". If you can afford to hire a wedding coordinator, that will help, but be prepared to put in some serious elbow grease to create the wedding of your dreams.

Posted on January 8, 2009 at 5:42 am
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Another con to consider for large groups is whether the septic system can accommodate the number of guests that will need to use the restroom.  I have been to two home receptions with approximately 100-175 guests and both times the septic system backed up causing a foul smell for the entirety of the reception.  Not an ideal situtation under any circumstance but particularly while people are eating!  

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 4:39 am

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