(Closed) Anyone have a destination wedding followed by a hometown reception?

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I would love to hear this too.

We’re having a Destination Wedding and are curently in the process of pricing out a party at home but it’s going to be around $13k- I dont really  think it’s worth it but distant family is already asking about it. 

I wouldnt worry about no one showing up or not bringing gifts- if your regesitry is completed then they’ll just bring a check- or at least that’s what I’d do.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

We got married down in Mexico and each of our parents did/will throw a casual reception at home. My whole family is in Connecticut, DH’s in the Midwest, so the parents did their own thing.

My parents wanted to have something for my large family. They rented a beach clubhouse for the venue (wasn’t too expensive). One of my mother’s friends is a caterer so she did all the food. Another of my mom’s friends is a pastry chef so she made the cake. And my brother is a beverage buyer at a restaurant so he got all the alcohol. My mom was going to hire a DJ but I told her I didn’t want one. We just used an iPod for music. 

It was more like a party than a wedding, which is what we wanted. I just wanted a chance to celebrate with everyone (had about 50 guests). Overall I’d say it cost less than $1,000 to put on (DH and I offered to help with expenses but my parents refused).

DH’s parents are having their family over their house to celebrate. It will be very casual, kind of like a cookout. We were supposed to have it Labor Day weekend but had a family emergency so it will be at the end of October. 

Neither Darling Husband nor I are into formal affairs (our wedding in Mexico was pretty casual) so these parties were perfect for us. 

As for the gifts, everyone who attended gave a gift. My family doesn’t do registries for weddings, they just give money, so that was a nice bonus of having the party. 

Post # 5
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4808 posts
Honey bee

Our firends did…They got married in Vegas and ahd a reception a few months after they got back in WI. I thought that was perfectly ok. They just had the reception in his parent’s backyard. We were thinking of doing something similar. It’s just sooooo easy that way.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I did it.  And I regret it.  It ended up costing way too much, I did it for his family and they sure acted like they could of cared less.  Over 8 grand on this party.  UGH.

If I could do it all over again, I would have kept it just simple, we had a little restaurant reception for our close familiy after the wedding and it was VERY NICE!  So, if I could turn around time, I would never have done the at home reception, unless it were without the DJ and the caterer (5 grand) and the ungrateful family!  UGH!  Sorry, just venting. 

Post # 9
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2822 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Yes, I am having a destination wedding in St. Thomas and about a month after we return home we will have a casual reception here in Seattle with our family and friends that were not able to attend the Destination Wedding. Our at home reception is going to be casual, we will have a slideshow of our wedding, hire a DJ, have catered food and cake. We really want it to be laid back and not super stressful. We also have family offer to chip in and help with the at home reception.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@fresitachulita: I went to the Expo a couple weeks ago that was held in Seattle down by the Key Arena. We talked to a caterer there that offered a very reasonable price for catering and is super flexible with all budgets. He is definitely my top pick. As far as a venue for the at home reception we are still looking. We dont want to spend a TON on the venue. One of the places that we looked at that was very reasonable was the Mt. Baker Community Club. Have you checked that place out yet? The pricing is good, we would have to decorate a bit but its a nice casual place. Check it out:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/mt-baker-community-club-seattle

Since the wedding expo i have been getting non stop e-mails from vendors. We are still deciding on if we want to hire a photographer for the event or not. Are you guys going to hire one?

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@fresitachulita: For the Seattle area most of the venues were about $1500-$2000 and required use of their cateres etc. There were some like community center type places like the Mt. Baker place, but I as not very impressed. We are still on the hunt though!

Post # 15
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Newbee

We are doing this. I’m getting married in Vegas in two weeks, and having a reception at home in November.  The whole thing (including the trip to Vegas,) is around 10k in cost. Our reception will be a dry one with no dj or dancing, though.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@fresitachulita: Same here, we are in Kent so right in between Seattle & Tacoma. We haven’t went to any Tacoma venues but I have seen some online. Did you find any reasonable priced ones there?

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