We just got engaged and are thinking of how to get married on a budget. Our church is a 5 min walk away, and we want only a handful of guests (around 25-30). We live in a terraced house, with a backyard that's shared.
What would people think if we held an at-home reception in our tiny terrace? We're thinking of a 'cocktails and cupcakes' do, with a set time limit of a couple of hours, so we can then kick everyone out and go on our honeymoon!
We'd invite our neighbours, especially as we'd pop up a gazebo in the yard most likely (thinking of a summer wedding but you need a backup if the weather goes wrong!). We have like our little gazebo-sized yard that opens out onto the common shared area without any fences or anything, so it'd be easy to create enough space for people and as it's not a through road would be safe for 'people spillage' haha.
We want a marriage, not a wedding, and initially planned to elope. However, we wondered if a small wedding like this with a short reception at home could work, on a budget, or if people would feel like we were doing things 'on the cheap'? (Which we are, but only because we don't think we should be spending a lot of money we don't have on a group of people who are mostly sceptical about our marriage in the first place!).
Would love your thoughts on this, and any ideas you might have to improve the feel of the at-home reception in a tiny two-bed terrace!