(Closed) At home reception, after DW?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: What kind of at home after DW party should I have?
    Option 1 - go super casual! You already got married. : (13 votes)
    50 %
    Option 2 - go all out, just make sure your invites say dinner and dancing etc. : (12 votes)
    46 %
    None of the above, I'll leave a comment : (1 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    4162 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Could you combine the two, but not have fireworks, dance floor and dj?  Do you really want pro photos of your guests?

    We had a formal morning wedding, brunch reception and then invited everyone back to our place for a catered dinner and stocked our fridge full of beer.  We had such a great time at our place, being able to be “casual” and I think our guests really appreciated that too.

    Post # 6
    4162 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I guess it depends on if you think your guests will enjoy a dancefloor/dj.  If not, I would definitely skip that but maybe just set up the iPod like you said.  I can’t imagine myself dancing at a casual-ish backyard bbq, but that’s just me!

    Post # 7
    130 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My cousin got married in Europe, then had a reception in the US for those of us that didn’t maek the trip. She only had a ceremony in Europe, but otherwise had a complete reception at both. Including centerpieces, a band, photographer, wedding dress, suits speeches and all. Do whichever you prefer.

    Post # 8
    217 posts
    Helper bee

    I think it would be nice to have a “reception” style backyard BBQ after the Destination Wedding. If your guest like to dance, by all means go for it! It can still be casual but fun to party for those that couldn’t make it to the nuptials.


    I like the iPod idea either way, so there can be some background music while people talk, or party music to get things going!


    Sound like fun. Let us know what you decide. Smile

    Post # 9
    13248 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would do the more casual route.  Personally, I don’t like the idea of a huge formal reception post DW; I can’t put my finger on why, but it doesn’t sit right with me.  That being said, I think you can incorporate aspects of both – there’s no reason you can’t have a dance floor and great music going in a casual reception!

    Post # 11
    9954 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    TO – S2013:  Looks like I am late to the game (thanks for the UPDATE)

    Your Back Home Reception sounds wonderful.

    I just wanted to say for any other Brides who may be reading this topic… the great thing about Back Home Receptions after an Elopment / Destination Wedding is THERE ARE NO RULES

    One can make the Reception / Party as BIG or small / Formal or Informal as one wishes.  Wear one’s Wedding Attire or not.  Sit Down Meal, or just Cake & Champagne… DJ & Dancing or not.  Include Traditions like the Bouquet Toss or Garter Throw… THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG.  Anything goes.

    Mr TTR & I are Eloping to a Destination Wedding… and we’ll have a Back Home Reception later on.  I am really looking forward to it, because it should be an awesome party that is really fun for our friends & family and hilights our relationship

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 12
    942 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We had a proper reception at a restaurant, 2 weeks after our destination wedding. Had the prof photog who captured really beautiful photos. We did centrepieces, cake display, favours, the whole shebang but it was by no means a ‘formal affair’. There were definitely no fireworks just a normal wedding reception. 

    If you want fireworks, have fireworks. Like PP says, there are no rules! Enjoy it 🙂

    Wedding: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/2-month-anniversary-today-lets-reminisce-pics

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