Post # 1
Hi there Wedding Bee Brides! We are having a destination wedding in Bali (we are from NYC) and we are inviting about 100 guests. We expect that only 30 people will be attending, mostly on my side. I am wondering if it is appropriate to have an at home reception after Bali for 100+ guests or if I shouldn’t bother since I am already inviting the majority of the guests to Bali. Thoughts?
Post # 2
pandabearkim : I’m sort of on the same boat as you; my husband and I eloped in canada. We are also planning a party/reception next year when we have more saved up and can plan around family member’s schedule. I’m just forwarning you that you may get a lot of negative comments as some people are not ok with having a reception if you are already married. I only say that because I have already started getting many uneccesary comments saying “you’re already married, you can’t do this, can’t do that…bla bla bla…”.
If you ever want advice or talk about it, IM me 🙂 lol We can plan together..!!
Post # 3
I’m choosing not to have one. I decided that if I were going to have one, I would have included that info in the initial invitation…so people could choose which event to attend. The destination wedding is also quite expensive so I can’t imagine also throwing a reception on top of that.
I might have an open house party after we get back…and keep it super informal but that’s the farthest I’m going to go. Planning one wedding is more than exhausting enough already…I also wouldn’t want to make close family travel twice for two separate events.
I’m 3 weeks away from my wedding..the thought of planning anything else at this point makes me laugh…so I’m glad I didn’t decide to do that.
Post # 4
Nope. If I wanted to have a big party, I wouldn’t be having a DW! 🙂
But I think it’s a nice gesture for those who can’t come, if you want to do it.
Post # 5
We got married in Canada, about 2.5 hours from most of our guests. My mother really, really wants to host a reception this summer for us, but I have told her we’re not interested. I don’t know that I think it is rude to have another party, I just don’t want one!
Post # 6
cbee2017 : Exactly! The whole point of my destination wedding is to keep it small. I also think the wedding is like the grande finale of the whole engagement/wedding process, so coming home after all of that and going to another party would feel weird.