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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 your wedding.

However, before you forego booking another location, such as a hotel, winery, or dance hall - consider the following benefits and disadvantages associated with this choice:

The Pros of a Home Reception

Saves Money

Prepare to save money when you host a home reception, as you don't have to worry about facility fees and extra costs that come with using a rented location. You can also avoid the extra headaches of making a reservation and then hoping it fits into the rest of your wedding plans. 

No One Will Get Lost

Instead of renting the ceremony hall hidden in the deep hills of Nowhere-Town, choose a home reception and make it easier on family and friends to find. Since they most likely already know how to reach the selected location of festivities, you don't have to worry about loved ones getting lost.

No Limitations

When booking a reception site, you have to play by their rules. This means that you usually can't enjoy an affair that climbs into the wee hours of the morning. You also have to abide by rules. For instance, what if your chosen reception site doesn't allow your cherished pets to attend?

Safety for Guests

If you plan on serving alcoholic beverages at your home reception, consider the convenience of having guests spend the night when they've had a little too much.


The Cons of a Home Reception

Unwanted Guests

You're married now and the party is over, but you look around and see that you still have a great deal of lingering wedding guests. What's worse is when they're all recovering from a hangover and all you want to do is be alone with your sweetie.


When a group of people gather at a home reception, there are sure to be a few spills weaved in and out of the thrills.  A glass sculpture or vase may wind up broken. Drinks may accidentally find their way to your cream-colored carpet. For these reasons, some people just don't have the stomach to handle the consequences of hosting a home reception.


At least when you rent out facilities for your reception, the married couple doesn't have to worry about picking up the aftermath. With a home reception, the excitement of giddy adrenaline soon wears off and the mental and physical exhaustion begins to settle in. By this time, all of your guests have said their goodbyes and chances are - they have left behind quite a mess. Do you have the energy to clean before you go to bed...or do you even want to? What about leaving it for the morning - that'll be an eyesore!

Photos by Myrtle & Marjoram

Last Updated: August 3, 2013 at 11:09 pm
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