at home reception…date

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Mr TTR & I are both Encores.  So we opted for a quieter Wedding.. we Eloped to a Destination Wedding (just the 2 of us saying our Vows on a Beach in a favourite Destination… Florida Keys), over the Christmas Holidays.  Followed by a 2 Week Honeymoon in the Caribbean.

After we got home, we had our Back Home Reception for Friends & Family 3 weeks later (so 5 weeks in total from the time of our Wedding) … I chose the 3 Week Gap so we’d have enough time to take care of the various details (as in our case, we were gone on an extended 5+ Week – Pre-Wedding / Wedding / Honeymoon Trip… that started in Mid December and ended Mid January)

I truly appreciated having that 3 Week Gap after getting home to get stuff organized.  It would have been very stressful to come home mid-week and then have a Reception a few days later on that first Weekend home.

Not to mention, a total headache to try take care of the last minute Reception Details from afar… as it was, organizing our simple Wedding Ceremony from afar was headache enough (and that was for just the 2 of us)

No regrets !!

 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

PS… With Back Home Receptions there is no right or wrong… (well in most regards… gets more complicated Etiquette wise if you also plan to do a Vow Renewal)

That said, your Friends & Family will want to celebrate sooner than later… even at 3 weeks later we found a bit weird when we ran into folks after we got back… they were all bubbling with enthusiasm for us, and wanting to do stuff for us… Invite us to Dinner, Gifts etc.

We coped by keeping busy in those 3 weeks (wasn’t that hard… we were in reality busy… checking on our Reception Details, shopping for items, doing last minute DIY etc).

Holding off longer than 3 weeks would have been really awkward.

So as I said, sooner is better than later IMO… and keeps the Wedding / Honeymoon romance ball rolling…

 

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @future_mrs_m:  In that case… sounds good to me.  Will certainly be easier, in that you won’t have to feel like you are home and have to hide out in order to get things in order and celebrate with everyone equally & properly, like we did.

Over the years (I am over 50) I’ve been to many Wedding Celebration Parties for couples that married elsewhere… Elopement, Destination Wedding, Another City – Province – Country and they are a ton of fun.

I am sure you guys will have a great one.

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We got married in Francei n May and we’re having our at home reception in 3 weeks. We’re just having something relaxed at a local (nice) pub, we’re serving finger food and a glass of champagne. Do you think that’s enough? I don’t really want to put too much work into it, we want to be relaxed!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are getting married May 20th and having our reception 2 weeks later 🙂

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