(Closed) Advice on what to call post-wedding party?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7649 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Mr and Mrs. BlahBlah have been joined in marriage and would love to celebrate with you. Please join us for a {Reception}.

Post # 4
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

What a wonderful idea!

I think you can get really creative here as you don’t have the normal invitation etuquette restrictions! Perhaps something along the lines of, “Let’s celebrate love! Join the new Mr. and Mrs…. etc etc”

Have fun!

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Post # 6
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You sound just like me lol

I called it a post-wedding reception, we just did an evite and it said

“In celebration of our recent marriage, we are holding a party at our new home! Lets call it a post-wedding/housewarming party!”

It was odd sending it out before we were actually married, but it worked. No one really knew when we were getting married expect for the 11 people who were invited to the actual wedding.

Post # 7
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013


You can say something along the lines of: We decided to have a very small intimate wedding but would like to have you as a guest at our after pary!

Post # 9
2555 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

i didn’t explain anything, my invitations say “we invite you bla bla to celebrate our marriage”

Post # 10
4656 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re doing something very very similar to you!

But we’re doing the invites to that party via word of mouth and phone and facebook and stuff I think. Very informal.

Lots of good wording advice in this thread. 😀

Post # 11
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Bebealways:  I think informal is really the best way to go here, because in my eyes once you start sending out paper invititations people expect a pretty typical reception – which I’m assuming isn’t what you want, OP, since that would kind of defeat the purpose of having the wedding day with just your immediate family because you don’t want to spend a ton on a big wedding. The reception is the expensive part, so if it turns into a traditional reception at all those costs are going to start adding up.

I think the least expensive way to go about it and still let you see/celebrate with everyone is for you to call friends and relatives to share the happy news that you’re getting married. Let them know the actual wedding will be extremely small/immediate family, but that you’re having a barbecue/get-together/whatever on X day and would love for them to come see you guys. I think calling it a reception and sending out invites quickly gets into murky territory where people feel obligated to bring money or gifts, and you feel obligated to have the more traditional reception elements since you’d still be hosting people at an event, and will end up spending just as much as if your wedding day hadn’t been immediate family only.

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