Ceremony the day after a reception?

posted 3 months ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Advice?
    Option 1: Ceremony and Reception October 30th, 2021 : (25 votes)
    93 %
    Option 2: Reception October 30th, 2021, Ceremony day after : (0 votes)
    Option 3: Elope October 31st, 2020 and have a reception year later : (2 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 2
    211 posts
    Helper bee

    37wallflower73 :  I had my ceremony Friday and reception Saturday and it worked well for us, but it seems kind of weird to do it the opposite way since the reception is to celebrate the marriage, and also thank your guests for coming… so I guess it just seems odd to celebrate the marriage before it actually happens. That’s just me though, I know a lot of people don’t like the ceremony and reception being on separate days but we did that anyways because it worked for us.

    If I were you I’d probably stop caring so much about the actual date and plan something based on what works for you, your fiance, and your guests.

    Post # 3
    405 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2019

    So, maybe you could throw a Halloween party this year, attend as a bride and groom and then actually get married at the party.  Friends and family will be there, but you will save a ton of money.

    Just a thought.

    Post # 4
    6827 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    The reality is that after the first anniversary or two you celebrate them when you can. If your actual anniversary is October 31 and you have children you may spend every anniversary for a long time trick-or-treating or handing out candy and not having a romantic dinner with your SO. 

    I do think it would be awkward to have the celebration of the marriage before the wedding actually happened. 

    Post # 5
    48 posts

    I dont think there’s anything wrong with a Sunday wedding. I say do a Oct 31, 2021 wedding. Sunday weddings will save you a good amount of money too.

    Post # 6
    542 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I agree that Halloween could actually be an awkward anniversary in the future. We got married during a long weekend in August, and typically consider anytime on the long weekend to be our anniversary. This year, we took the Friday off and had a fun day on a lake, then the next day (actual anniversary) we were driving to visit my husband’s family. Like birthdays etc it doesn’t always end up being celebrated on the day either so if you want to celebrate on Halloween then go ahead… 

    Post # 7
    1905 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    Do you know your officiant? Maybe you could have the ceremony and reception on the 30th then not sign until the 31?

    Post # 9
    165 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2021 - City, State

    Just have the whole wedding on Sunday…???? That’s what we’re doing so the wedding could be 10/10 (literally October 10th and also a 10/10) because I was insistent upon that date. We’re doing a sunday brunch theme ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 11
    4203 posts
    Honey bee

    If you can wait til 2021, I would just do it then so you get the 10/31 date. You can have a Sunday brunch wedding or since it’s Halloween, some people will still be on a party mood Sunday evening. 37wallflower73 :  

    Post # 13
    285 posts
    Helper bee

    What about a halloween afterparty at midnight just after the reception on Saturday the 30th? That could be really cool!!

    Post # 14
    793 posts
    Busy bee

    I would do Saturday the 30th – it’ll be halloween at midnight and that will be kind of fun!

    Sunday weddings are fine but it changes the entire vibe – that wouldn’t be a compromise I’d make for a 1 day change in my anniversary

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