Eloping in Dec! When to send out invitations for reception party in Feb?

posted 3 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @ZestyBee143:  CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming Wedding.

Mr TTR & I did something similar last year… we Eloped over Christmas, went on our Honeymoon, and then came home and had our Back Home Reception Party a few weeks later.

Like yourself, we were faced with the dilemma of when to send the Invites… after we got home was decidedly too late.

In the end, cause we had a travel theme for our Reception, we mailed them out WHILE we were travelling.  A batch going out from various stops on our Trip (we were gone 5 weeks in total)

The upside was it was fun for our Friends & Family… they said much better than your run of the mill travel postcards, in so much as we decorated the envelopes to correspond with where they were mailed from.  (Again to tie in the travel theme)

The downside was they took time to prepare, and I had to put time aside every couple of days to do another batch for the next major stop on our Itinerary.

And one batch never were received… we figure that the Hotel Concierge forgot to mail them (or else they got stolen somehow).  It was the batch we mailed from a Caribbean Island… so no idea what actually happened to em.

Meant when I got home and was taking care of last minute details, such as the RSVPs, it became apparent that a whole batch (10 envelopes) were missing.  Had to do some creative fixes to rectify that… and not make the Guests feel like they were getting added on at the last minute as B-Listers.

If you don’t foresee this solution working for yourself, you certainly could send out your Invites BEFORE you leave… say the day before.

And don’t worry about the timing… in how it relates to your actual ceremony date

Because in reality, once you’ve left home, and gotten on the plane you are on your way to Eloping.

Hope this helps,

PS… LOVED Eloping to a Destination Wedding.  It rocked.  So I wish you all the best.  Enjoy every second of it… Elopement, Wedding Ceremony, and the Honeymoon !!


Post # 4
3202 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

We are in a similar situation–having an intimate wedding (immediate family only) with big parties/receptions with our families later the same month.

We’re just sending ours before. They say something like “We’re tying the knot!” and then on the back they say, “A & M will be married in a small ceremony on January 6. We hope you’ll join us for a casual family reception the following weekend to celebrate their new life together.”

I think less than a month (after they arrive) is probably not quite enough time. I would do them before, if you can!

Post # 6
46 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

We sent ours out before we got married. I wanted to do the announcement type invitation, but the timing just didn’t work.  Our elopement wasn’t a secret.  So we used this for our wording:

Bride’s Name & Groom’s Name

are exchanging wedding vows

during a private ceremony

on Palm Island, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

on April 20, 2013

Together with their families, Bride’s Name & Groom’s Name

joyfully ask you to celebrate with them upon their return

at a cocktail, dinner & dance reception

On Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 6 pm.

then added the location details




Post # 7
145 posts
Blushing bee

I made a similar thread to this! I found this one even more helpful because I was struggling with what to write on the invitations.

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