(Closed) Ceremony this year, reception next year?

posted 11 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 17
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m doing it like this, too. Wedding this summer, big reception next summer. And the reasons are quite the same as yours. Someone asked why not just wait 1 year before getting married at all: because this is the time! We want to live our lives together and it wouldn’t make sense to delay this just because at the moment we don’t have the money for a big party. My cousin is doing it this way too: her wedding was last summer, her reception will be in august, and all guests are just looking forward to it.

Post # 18
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m w/bubbles & MaggieMay – I’m really just not for these types of celebrations.  The Destination Wedding and the at home reception makes sense.  But having a full-on wedding celebration a year after the actual ceremony just seems odd to me and there is definitely potential that some people will see it as gift-grabby even if it’s not.

From guests’ point of view, I can see how some wouldn’t feel the need to put out all the usual wedding expenses (transportation, lodging, gift, etc.) for a one year anniversary. 

I definitely wouldn’t call it a wedding; I’d call it an anniversary party or a vow renewal.

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