Destination wedding (key west)?

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We are planning a destination wedding to Key West with approx 40-50 people. I was wondering if we have to have a full reception or if its ok to just serve appetizers/drinks. I feel like we need to have more than that for our guests but my fiance disagrees. Any one have Key West wedding experiences???????




  1. I had the reception that your future husband wants. This can be very filling and people still remark how much they enjoyed it. The new restaurants are  tapas bars. Little plates of food-very classy!  

  2. It's a destination wedding, so everyone is coming from a distance to be with you on your special day.  I think that you should do at least a light meal.  

    I lived in the Keys last summer and it was not uncommon for a bridal party (still all dressed up) to be bar hopping until dawn.  If you decide to hit the bar scene after wards, really think about your dress.  Are you OK with a few drinks getting spilled on it?  If not, get a second outfit (maybe a cute tank top that says "bride" or something like that) for you to go out in later.  Usually everyone in the bigger bars are very nice and love to help you celebrate.

    I hope you have a wonderful day and a great experience in KW!  The Keys are beautiful!  Any more questions, just let me know and I'll do my best to help you.

  3. Hi.  YOU are absolutely right!

    You can do the appetizer/drink thing if you are having a reception at home....NOT if people are traveling to a destination wedding.

    If you are wanting people to travel to your destination wedding, which will involve airfare, hotel, etc., then you need to feed them a full meal.  That is the least that you can do.

    If your fiance wants the appetizer/drink option (which is perfectly fine), then you need to do that in your hometown/city....not at a destination.  

  4. Your wedding is a small wedding, so you should be able to do a little of both and still be somewhat affordable. You can have an hors devour hour with cocktails outdoors, maybe... not sure exactly what your location is (in or out). Then a sit-down or buffet dinner after wards.

    This way, you satisfy both of you and your guest walk away with a fantastic experience. Very classy, relaxed yet formal.

    Whatever you end up doing, just remember to have fun and savor the moment.

    Good luck and congrats!

  5. if its a destination wedding and people are going to be travelling and shelling out money to be there then you best be showing them a good time with a full reception.  

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