Post # 1
My FH and I are getting married this Saturday. Due to family religious conflicts, and mainly finances, this is what we want. It has been planned, and will be on the beach. Only a few close friends and family are aware, although will not be attending.
While attending a wedding this weekend, my FH’s best friend and his wife approached us. They are wanting to throw a party for us, the following week. I am completely blown away by their generosity, but am unaware of the etiquette. They have planned for it to take place at their home, and are handling all the details. Can I wear my actual wedding dress to this party? How do I let everyone know gifts are not expected? What do I need to help with, other than guest list?
Post # 2
Warning: you are probably going to get yelled at because most bee’s don’t like these types of parties or whatever. But you’re not calling it a wedding, so hopefully they will be nice…
Anyways, don’t really have any advice since someone else is throwing it. I would think you would only contribute to the guest list. People will bring gifts if they want to, whether you request them or not, but don’t expect them. I’m having a reception, party, whatever you want to call it after we elope and I’m wearing my dress, but I’m also planning/throwing it. I’m not sure how that works in your situation.
Congrats on getting married and enjoy!
Post # 3
Ashleylrice: Here’s a great article about after elopement celebrations<br />http://apracticalwedding.com/2013/05/post-elopement-reception/
Emily Post says post elopement celebrations are just fine
I think wearing your wedding dress would be appreciated by the guests. Other than helping with the guest list, your role is to show up.