(Closed) No reception when home?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

we are having a destination wedding in August of this year (Scotland). We are not having a reception when we get home. The people we really care about celebrating with are all coming so there was no need

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Liverpoolbride:  We are having a destination wedding this April and will just be having a small dinner for the family only so that everyeon who isnt coming can be included and celebrate with us. The reason we are having a destination wedding is to save money and so we didnt see the point of having a reception to spend more money after our destination wedding

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We did not have an AHR after our DW.  We couldn’t justify the cost of it.  Plus the important people that were not able to attend the wedding would not have been able to attend an AHR.  If we had eloped, we would have thought more about having one.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We are also not having a reception when we get home. Most of our local friends are coming to the wedding anyway, and so many of our invite list is from out of town so they would have to travel for the reception.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Liverpoolbride:  there are some of my family members, that no matter how much I want them there, and they want to be there, they can’t/won’t be there. same for FI. so yes we are having an AHR. but we are just doing hor-de-vours and a cocktail hour with a dance. 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

We had a DW on 10/11/12 in St Thomas and we are not planning a reception at home. We thought about it but chose not too b/c we had the most important people with us there that day!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We have about 35 guests traveling to our destination wedding, and we are having a formal seated dinner after the wedding with an open bar.

We struggled with the decision to not have a party back at home. Everyone who is most important in our lives is going to be at the wedding, and I thought that since they were spending their time and money traveling to be with us on our day, we should spend the extra money to make that day as special for them as possible.

If we had a big reception at home we couldn’t afford to have such a nice dinner after the wedding.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper

We opted not to have an AHR. For us the decision was because the whole point of having a destination wedding for us was to get married at the destination and avoid the big at home wedding.

For the few people special to us that couldn;t make the trip we either invited them one on one over for dinner when we got back or took them out to dinner.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

we are also not having an AHR after our DW.  Nobody we know lives here anyway lol  Plus the important folks are actually going to be at the wedding, so there really is no need for all that

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are having a DW this summer & my in-laws are making us have a small party after we get home for guests who are invited to our DW but don’t want to spent the money to go. Personally I think it’s unecessary because everyone is invited to our actual wedding so I don’t feel the need to accommodate other guests since they were invited. 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Our destination wedding if a small thing, so we’ve only invited family and those that are very close to us. So we might have a party once we’re back (depends as we might move to the states this spring and then it won’t happen). If we do, it will be very informal – a garden party at our place with a sushi buffet and home made desserts. Don’t think I could do the arrangements for a sit down dinner twice!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We’re not having an AHR when we get back. We feel that it defeats the purpose of wanting to celebrate with just our closest friends and family members. Then factor in that fiancé and I will be moving straight to a different state when we are done with the honeymoon. Not to mention that his family and my family live in two separate states. Ugh, I’m getting a headache just imagining putting together an AHR after the wedding. We’d be married, done with honeymoon, and ready to start our married life together, not celebrate with a big party filled with people that we didn’t even want at our wedding to begin with. 

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