(Closed) Silly to have 2 receptions?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Nope, I think it would be nice. My FSIL did the same – except she had two wedding ceremonies, also (that a little much, I thought). I’m sure everyone around you now would love being able to celebrate with you when you get home.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t see anything wrong with an at-home reception.  Just make sure everyone invited to that is also invited to your wedding. 

I would dress up again, but maybe not in my wedding dress unless it was very casual to begin with.  I’d probably find another pretty white dress to wear.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m having a ‘second reception’ as well that we’re intending to be more of a cook-out and celebration that we tied the knot. We’re getting married in my hometown as well and live about 6 hours away. We’re having a pretty small ceremony, so we figured this would work out. Our friends at home didn’t have to take time off of work or spend money to travel and we didn’t feel the need for a huge wedding. I say go for it! And I had a friend request that I wear my wedding dress, but I really can’t see myself getting THAT dressed up again lol although it would be nice to get two uses out of the thing.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@cml:   I have seen both. I had a friend who had a destination wedding and a reception a couple of weeks later. She wore her dress, did the first dance, the whole thing. You could also do what PP said and find a cute white reception dress. I’m sure your DH would love not having to wear a suit, if he’s anything like my fiance! 🙂

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We’re having two receptions for exactly the same reason, except opposite!  A lot of my cousins have little kids or kids that will still be in school at that time and wouldn’t have been able to travel. 

My mom is a talented seamstress and is making the bridesmaids’ dresses, which are teal with ivory accents, so she is going to make me the same dress but in ivory with teal accents to wear at the second reception.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@cml:  I know tons of people who have done that. I think it’s awesome. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We’re getting married on one coast and having another reception on the other coast. FMIL really wants me to wear my wedding dress, but I’m just going to wear a cute white dress. My wedding dress is for my wedding day (IMO). We had two separate guest lists: one for people invited to the wedding AND reception on both coasts, and one for people invited to just the reception.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I also think this is fairly common. I think a lot of people who do DW’s do this as well so that any friends and family who couldn’t make it to the wedding/reception have a chance to celebrate a little closer to home. I say go for it.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

@cml:   If you want to have a second reception, you should definitely do it.  I am having a second reception, as I fall into the Destination Wedding category that @FionnaCake: mentioned. 

 

My dream was to have an intimate, exotic, romantic Maui wedding.  My fiance’s mom had a very different one of her own, so she offered to hold a second reception in San Diego.  Two receptions means that everybody wins.  My dream is coming true: I am getting married at the Ritz-Carlton, Kappalua and expect 40-60 people to attend.  My fiance’s mother is also happy: she is hosting a  reception of about 100 people (whom I don’t know) in San Diego about 9 days after the Maui wedding.  FMIL gets to plan her own event exactly as she wants: decorating how she likes, serving what she likes, and inviting whom she likes.   It’s perfect for me, because she is busy/happy planning her own thing, and has not once pressured me to do anything that I don’t want to for the actual wedding in Maui.  I love that she is happy. 

 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@FLBlonde93:  That sounds like the absolute perfect way to keep a FMIL happy! Congrats to you, I bet both events will be awesome!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

@mgkush:  Thanks and same to you- congratulations and enjoy your celebrations!

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