(Closed) Destination wedding brides having a 2nd reception: What are you doing?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

xsteene88:  FI’s brother got married last fall with only like 15 people (in FSIL’s hometown, because her dad is really sick, so they moved the wedding up). A couple of months later, they had a daytime reception – hors d’ouevres, drinks, cake. No dancing, but there was music. After the reception, guests were invited back to Future Father-In-Law and FMIL’s house for an informal, buffet-style dinner and more drinks. It was fun!

Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

We’re having a Destination Wedding in Jamaica and then we’re coming back to the midwest. I found a barn that is absolutely beautiful! We won’t have to do many decorations because the building itself is so pretty. We’re going to have a cocktail reception too, we’re going to have stations. So we’ll have a mini coney and slider station, a make your own mac and cheese station, a make your own potato station. We’ll have a s’mores station and a fruit and veggie station and a candy bar. They will be all around the room so you have to walk around the room to get all the food. We’re going to have it from 2pm to 7pm and then after that we’ll probably have some sort of after party at my parent’s place. And we’ll still do the morning after brunch, it’ll just be close family and friends to that to end all the activities. We’re still going to have a DJ and do all the ‘normal’ reception things. Speeches, first dance, cutting the cake etc… And I’ll get to wear my dress twice!! Bam! 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

xsteene88:  Well, I won’t consider it our second reception as we won’t even have one right after our wedding. We’re getting married in Italy and we only have each of our parents coming. We’ll be having a dinner after the ceremony but nothing like a reception.

We booked a venue for an at-home reception and we’re inviting around 200 guests. This is gonna be a full reception with dinner and dancing and all that stuff 😀

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

xsteene88:  Vatican City! Btw I love your gown…reminds me of the Jenny Packham dress that I wanted but couldn’t afford lol.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

xsteene88:  That all sounds amazing. We just thought about it, and having a passed food reception and doing a bunch of stuff like that was going to be out of the budget. Otherwise we would have too! 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

acglandorf:  sorry I had to reply because I love coneys!  We had a Destination Wedding and I swear I was trying to find a way to have real coneys on some way for our reception!  Since our family is spread out we didn’t do a second reception, but if we did I thought about catering it from Angelo’s my favorite coney place. 

Sorry OP for thread jacking!  I told Darling Husband we cpull have a longer honeymoon or a second reception, but we couldn’t find a central place for the reception and he wanted a longer honeymoon so I’m not much help on your original post. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

valentinebride2015:  I think it’s a great idea for a second reception, you know? We’re going to have a really nice reception in Jamaica so when we have all these people come back to The Bard, it’ll be nice to have some fun food and just party. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

we had a destination wedding with an at home reception. It was in a barn on a snowy winter day so it was very pretty! we had a sangria bar and bbq and a rustic, vintage old world travel theme (suitcases and white roses everywhere!) It worked out well overall 🙂

Post # 13
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Busy bee

xsteene88:  we are having a reception at home the day after we get back from our destination wedding. Kind of summer barbequr style, its mid may, but we will have barbeque catering, open bar, yard games, dj and dancing, photo booth. I just want to have a really fun party and thats what ive told everyone. 

But we are doin some traditional things. Fi wanted to do first dance and mother father dances, so we are doing those. And cutting cake. And wearing our wedding clothes there as well.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

We are getting married in Hawaii with 12 guest, then we are having a reception in a family friends back yard around their pool with about 50-60 people. The at home reception will pretty much be like a reception that was right after a wedding. We are going to show the video of our ceremony and then they will announce us as Mr and Mrs and we will come out in our wedding attire. So I’m wearing my dress again and hell be in his suit. I plan on having a food truck and cake. We wont be doing speeches and we have 1/4 parents alive which is his dad so we wont be having parent dances or anything. We will have a first dance. There will be a bar. And of course, there will be dancing all night!

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