(Closed) destination wedding with a reception back home help!!

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We are having a destination wedding in St. Thomas with 30 close family & friends and then a month after we return from our honeymoon we are having a casual at home reception with all of our family & friends. We plan on still registering and sending invitations for the at home reception as well. The at home reception will be very casual & we plan on having a slideshow of our wedding in St. Thomas for the guests that were unable to attend. I say go for it.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Hi!  We are doing a Vegas wedding with close family and then a casual party with all family and friends a month after the wedding.  We did register since most people have asked if we were registered. I think it makes it easier so people will know what to buy.  Our invitations will be sent out right after the wedding, letting people know that we are married and are off on our honeymoon!

Post # 5
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Worker bee

@ashlee05:  I’d like to know what you decide on.  This is what my fiance and I want to do… he’s from Macedonia and I have family located in different parts of the United States so we want to go get married in the Carribean (not sure where just got engaged 9/10) and then come back and have a reception with the family.  Just seems easier and less stressful that way. 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@pjai80:

 

wow congrats engaged 9/10 I stated dating my hubby 6/7/08 and got married in Ocho Rios Jamaica on 9/10/11.  We sent save the dates with travel agent information back in August of 2010.  We also did a wedding website with the same information for any potential guests.  We had our wedding at RIU in Ocho Rios. and a reception on October 1st back home in the states. 

We registered at several department stores and listed the wedding date as October 1st.  This way if people wanted to get a us a gift they could either do it at the wedding or the At Home Reception.  All guests who attended the wedding brought monetary gifts 🙂

We DID NOT do invitations for the destination wedding because they had already booked so the save the date was like the invitation.  We did a seperate invitation for the at home reception which went out about 2 mos prior.  Things went okay, we had 30 guests for Jamaica and about 100 for the reception at home.  we spent about 12K for all.  and our guests LOVED the fact that they could enjoy a vacation and celebrate a wedding at the same time. 

if you have any further questions feel free to ask,

~Ericka

Happy Planning ladies and congrats

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

also ladies,

bestdestinationwedding.com specifically for destination weddings filled with answers to all these questions.  these boards really helped me out during the planning process

Post # 8
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Worker bee

@Soon2BNJersey:  Thanks so much for this information!  If you dont mind, like how did you word the invitation for the wedding in Jamaica?  What about getting a liscense etc?  He is very particular about not having to get anything translated to english (which rules out the Dominican republic, where we got engaged).  How did you work the reception angle…how did it all turn out?  I have a million questions…lol.  Can i email you?  Knowing that somebody has already done this is a great excitement and relief for me 🙂

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m doing a Destination Wedding and exactly as you stated. We are getting married March 26 in Punta Cana. Then we are having a full reception on April 21 when we get back. So our reception will be dinner, dance, everything without the ceremony. 

We are having two sets of invitations. Our first invitations went out this summer, yes way in advance but we didn’t do save the dates and to get the early booking bonus people had to book by November. We will be sending out our reception invites in January. 

You can feel free to PM me if you have further questions. I know how stressful and overwhelming the beginning of planning a Destination Wedding is and I am willing to give any advice I can. It does get easier though..I promise.

Post # 10
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Worker bee

@PuntaCanaBride: thanks!  I’d actually like to know how things go…and thanks for the offer to email you!  I’m in Iraq, so we haven’t had anytime to sit down and get to it…lol.  Really overwhelming, especially given the fact that our families are worlds apart.  I will apologize in advance for any questions…lol

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We are thinking of doing the same things as well. My issue is that I already bought a full length a line dress with a sizeable train. I’m debating taking it with to Vegas, but I’m worried about fitting it into a carry on. But if I don’t wear it there, then when do I wear it? We were planning on a casual reception when we got back so I’d probably be over dressed.

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our destination wedding had about 39 people in attendance plus 2 photographers (who were included in everything, rehearsal dinner etc.) (80 people were invited) So I counted for 41. We registered initially on huneyfund.com because we simply wanted cash for our honeymoon. Like Soon2bnjersey our guest that actually came to the Destination Wedding brought us monetary gifts  in envelopes  and only one used honeyfund. BUT guest that could not come to the DW(that were invited)  did contribute to honeyfund because we registered for certain activities (like a scuba diving trip, dinner for 2, message etc) Right after the wedding we went on our honeymoon. So when we got back, my in-laws had a 200 person at home reception for us(we invited folks who were not actually invited to the Destination Wedding as well.) It was fun but we were sooooo happy we did a Destination Wedding, soooo happy !! Sooo, To answer your question: We changed our honeyfund for the at home reception to just cash contributions to fix our home. We had a lot of those guest contribute on honeyfund, while other guest brought monetary gifts the day of the party, and finally some brought crazy crafty pottery like gifts. So we used honeyfund for the Destination Wedding and the at home reception. Good Luck and have a GREAT Destination Wedding ! 

Post # 13
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Worker bee

@ashers033:  Can it be shortened for Vegas?  that’s the only option I can think of.

Post # 14
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Worker bee

@elimel123:  Thanks so much for this.  Huneyfund sounds like a good idea and I was trying to figure out how do you ask for montary gifts as oppose to actual gifts instead? Thanks so much again. 🙂

 

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