DW Brides… at home reception?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@future_mrs_m: We’re having a simple appetizers/open bar/dancing/desserts from 7:30-11. We’ll have doors/bar open at 7:30 and we’ll enter at 7:45, do a quick introduction/thanks, slideshow, then dancing.

I don’t have a photo of our invite right now but will come back to upload =)

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper

@future_mrs_m:  We didn’t have one. The whole point of having a DW was so we didn’t have a wedding/reception where we live. I find the whole at home reception thing silly especially when people quote stress/planning a wedding as the reason to have a DW. I also find them rude and gift grabby if I wasn’t actually invited to the DW. Kind of like you weren;t important enough to be invited to my wedding but please come to my second wedding reception and bring me a present. Just my opinion.

For anyone that we invited that couldn’t make it to our DW we either had over for dinner or went out to dinner with when we got back.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@j_jaye:  FI and I both have large families from working class families and knew they woudln’t be able to fly out to our favorite place. Plus FI is from the Midwest and we currently live on the West Coast. We had our own reasons for having a DW and don’t find it “silly” that we would like face time with all of our home friends/family. Save for a few cousins, everyone was invited to the DW and the at home reception. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

@future_mrs_m:  You ask if we had an at home reception. I answered that question and why. I stated my opinion and I never said that anyone else had to follow it. It was not directed at you or anyone else.

Also the gift grabby thing obviously doesn’t apply to you since I said

“I also find them rude and gift grabby if I wasn’t actually invited to the DW”

 So I am really unsure why you are attacking my opinion and getting so defensive.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@future_mrs_m: 

If I could change it, I would have made the font much bigger. We kept it simple because people already knew we were geting married elsewhere. Probably woud have added “dessert” too but I suppose that’s implied in merriment.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@future_mrs_m:  I’m undecided at the moment if we’ll have one. 

But if we do, we are keeping it really casual and having it at home but will do a cute invite. We are thinking that we might have it catered to keep from goig out of our minds. Lol

If people bring gifts, I suppose its up to them! But we are only having it to show our home to those having not seen it and display wedding photos, b/c people are very curious and to say thanks for all the love and support! 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We had an at home reception as soon as we returned from our honeymoon so we sent out our invites before we left for our wedding.

We worded our invitation as:

Bride & Groom will exchange marriage vows in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on March 26, 2012. Together with their family they invite you to celebrate their marriage on April 21, 2012.

We held an hour and a half cocktail hour before dinner which we were at. It was great because it gave us a chance to talk with most of our guests as they arrived and then we were able to enjoy our dinner and dance all night without worrying as much about “doing your rounds”.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

Our ceremony will be about halfway between a DW and an elopement; just us but it’s being planned. We’re doing a civil ceremony in the States and then renting a beachhouse and throwing a party. No banquet hall rentals, catering, just a relaxed party with lots of booze and fun.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Coral99:  +1

We are only doing one, in our current state, to celebrate with FI’s family.  I already had my shower in my home state, so I feel like we already celebrated with my side. 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@future_mrs_m:  I’m not having a DW, but a few years back I went to a friend’s “home reception” and it was lovely. 

They had it at their home in the fall in the backyard.  It was masquerade themed and the bride re-wore her dress with a masquerade mask.  They had multiple fire pits and a catered buffet. 

It really was the best time, and they got to do it without breaking the bank!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m doing an at home reception as well. We wanted to do a DW and invited only our closest family and friends. We will be inviting more to the at home reception since I come from a large family and the at home reception is more for our grandparents and extended family to celebrate with us. It will be the first wedding for both sides so it means a lot to our grandparents. 

Our plan is similar to yours – a dinner at a restaurant and dance. We will also be doing a Chinese tea ceremony since I’m half asian and I wanted to incorporate tradition into our celebration too! 

 

 

 

 

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