Confirmaton - reception or not
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|Tue, 01-19-2010 - 4:02pm|
I am new to the boards but have been a Catholic since I was 7. Married a Catholic and we are raising our children to be Catholic.
My son is going to be making his Confirmation on a Wed at 7 pm. I know I want to invite both my family and my DH's family to the ceremony. That will be about 40 people. My question is about a reception after wards. I don't know if I should have one or not. We did the reception up big for the 1st communion. However; this year my DH is down to 4 days at work and so money is tight. I was thinking about just inviting the grandparents and sponsor to a dinner but the ceremony is at 7pm and so dinner won't be until about 8:30 pm. or even 9 pm. Do I want to be eating that late on a Weekday? So, I was thinking about having the dinner on a different day. But what about the rest of my family? Is it rude to invite them to the ceremony and not invite them to a reception after wards? I know my family and they will probably give gifts of money to my son. I am thinking about putting 'no gifts' on the invite. I don't want them to come to the ceremony because I want gifts. I want them to just be there for my son. I'm not sure how to handle this?
I was also toying in the idea of a light reception for the whole family. Finger foods and such. But when would I have that? after the ceremony? That's 9 pm. On a different day? Would anyone want to come to a light reception on a different day?
Does anyone have any idea or thoughts about this?