(Closed) "Elopement" Party?!

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

We didn’t elope but had a courthouse wedding, the next day we had a reception/party to celebrate with all of our friends and family. We sent invites basically announcing that we would be married in a private ceremony and were inviting guests to celebrate our marriage. We didn’t do a registry and when people asked we specifically told them no gifts. 

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brideandblue :  

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper

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brideandblue :  

I thnk it sounds  lovely . Personally though,  as it was an elopement , I don’t think making a registry  ( ie asking for gifts ) is quite on.  

Post # 5
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Helper bee

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brideandblue :  We plan on having a reception since we are wedding is out something out of country and sort elopement style.We are doing invites, though likely electronic and a registry since the party is catered and will have gift bag so quid pro quo though I don’t expect anyone to actually get us anything but if they want to it’s there.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018 - City, State

Pretty sure its been dubbed “Post Wedding Reception” if that helps when googling idea’s

Ive seen invites online to send out… basically they say “We Eloped! Please celebrate with us at a post wedding reception etc etc “

Hope that helps!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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brideandblue :  Of course you can send invites!! This is a post wedding reception or wedding celebration. However… I would not create a registry that looks gift grabby saying you want gifts but didn’t want them at the wedding. You’ll probably get some cash and gifts but you just don’t want to be too presumptuous. Good luck bee!!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

Don’t call it an elopement, call it a small, private ceremony and do send invites to a post wedding reception, but don’t do a registry. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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brideandblue :  

  • Has anyone ever done anything similar?? — Sure, lots of people!
  • If so, did you send invitations? — Yep, why not? It’s a party.
  • Also, did you put together a registry? — Lord no. No no no no no. 

Congratulations and have fun!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2018 - City, State

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brideandblue :  I saw I one that said “you weren’t invited” and nearly died laughing 😂 I’d never get it but it was hilarious!

And they are super gorgeous. My favourites have a photo from the wedding its a cute announcement/invite 

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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brideandblue :  Just saw the follow-ups.

  • What about having a wedding website that mentions a registry on one of the pages? No, still not cool. Very uncool in fact, to have a wedding website when nobody is invited to the wedding. The purpose of a wedding website is to give people info they’ll need or find useful while planning for or at the wedding.
  • We could share pictures of our elopement and tell our story on there too as well as info on the reception? — Nope.
  • If it makes any difference we are very young (21 & 22) so I feel like that could potentially be more socially acceptable than if we were in our 30s. — No difference at all. It is still unacceptable to say “you’re not invited to the wedding but please give us a gift and make it one of THESE gifts. K, thx, bye.” 

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