Post # 1
My Fi and I are toying with the idea of having a small Ceremony/Reception in the US where my family lives, and then having a large reception for our friends in the UK several months later. We will probably invite some people to the UK reception only.
If you were a UK guest in this situation, how would you feel about that? Would you rather have the option to attend the US ceremony/reception as well if you wished?
Would you feel funny at all about celebrating the wedding a few months after it happened?
We are trying to make sure to include everyone who is special to us . . . it’s just a challenge making it work when your guests span several continents! 😉
Post # 3
In your case, reception only invites are just fine. Have you thought about redoing the the vows infront of everyone so that all get a chance to see them? Might be an option for you.
Darling Husband and I did something similar, we got married at a friends house the year before we had a “wedding” we simply had a friend do the ceremony and it was really perfect.
Post # 4
We are having a cermony for Close friends and family and then (hopefully) showing the wedding video at our reception where everyone else will be invited. I think it depends on whether your friends are easily offended or not. In our case our friends are just excited to share a part of our day with us, so they won’t whine about not being invited to the ceremony.
Post # 5
Budget allowing, we will do a second wedding in the United States which is on a much smaller scale than what we’ll be doing this May in France. From the looks of it none of my extended family will be able to make their way to my wedding, but I’d still like to include them. I think people should understand that, and it’s not that uncommon to have a reception after the fact if a significant number of people can’t make it to the first wedding.
Post # 6
Thanks ladies, you’ve eased my mind about this. I really hope it works out — I love the idea of a second reception after the wedding because it will give us time to focus on it and enjoy it without also having to prepare for the huge step of the marriage itself!!
Post # 7
We are doing this ceremony of 35-50 and recept of about 150 hopefully less and alot of people seem happy free booze dinner dancing