Ceremony dilemma….

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - The Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas

That’s not weird at all I know some couples who got married at City Hall and then just had a reception for the friends and family where they dressed up and have the cake and everything. I think it’s a really nice way to celebrate with your family and friends. 

Post # 3
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I think it’s fine to do a private ceremony and then a big reception. Wear your big, pretty dress and party with your friends and family! I would avoid showers, bach parties and bridal parties since you’re just doing the reception publicly, but you can still have a great reception!

Post # 7
3016 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Prettysmile40:  I say do what you want. Why not wear a fancy ball gown while pregnant? Or get married at the courthouse and then throw a big party. There’s no reason they have to be on the same day. But they can be if you want. Your marriage, your wedding, your decision.

If you invite people to the reception only, just say something like ” So and so and so and so invite you to celebrate their marriage at blah blah…”

Post # 9
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Prettysmile40:  I don’t think they need to happen on the same day, but hopefully not too far apart from each other (a few weeks or a month or two would be fine, a year would be way too long!). You’ll actually have two invitations (they can go in the same envelope), one for the ceremony and one for the reception.

Post # 10
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

You can wear the big poofy dress to the courthouse. I’ve seen it done.

Post # 13
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve seen this done a lot – very intimate court house or church affair with word of mouth invites then a reception later with invites that say something along the lines of “X and Y request the honor of your presence in the celebration their marriage (date/time/location)” and then its basically a cocktail hour then a reception where bride and groom enter together full on wedding attire including veil, cake, first dance – the whole bit 🙂  

Post # 15
2455 posts
Buzzing bee

Prettysmile40:  Make the invitations something like

“Prettysmile40 and Mr. Prettysmile40 tied the knot on [date]!

Join us for a celebration, with drinks, dinner, and dancing on [date] at [place]”

Obviously paraphrase. You can make it however formal or casual you want. Just mention the previous date so people will realize you are already married and that they won’t be seeing a ceremony. It should be pretty clear that this is a celebration of your marriage and not a celebration AT your marriage.

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