Elopement Party Tips

posted 3 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
112 posts
Blushing bee

It would be a reception.

Post # 4
270 posts
Helper bee

 Anniversary party? Even if it isn’t on your actual anniversary, 8-10 months out seems close enough to me.

Post # 5
112 posts
Blushing bee

taramonster :  anything after the ceremony part is considered a reception. I’ve seen Pinterest ideas where they label it as an I do BBQ. I would not call it an elopement party though. 

Post # 6
8835 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

taramonster :  “I’m wondering how I should present this party to potential vendors” — Just tell them it’s a party. If they need to know more, they’ll ask.

Post # 7
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - City, State

taramonster :  It is a reception. You do it how you want. We are not doing the bouquet toss or garter toss, we are not doing the bride and groom games. You just tell your dj what you are doing and what you are not doing so he can announance certain things or not. We are having buffet style so I would think your bbq would be kind of the same thing. It’s all about what you guys want. But it is a reception. A reception is to celebrate a special event.

Post # 8
2081 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Our friends did this exact same thing. They rented out a restaurant and had food stations set up, a dj and a dance floor, but didn’t wear wedding attire or have flowesr, bouquet toss, etc.  I think they just called it a party, but yeah I think it would be classified as a reception.

Post # 10
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2020 - Scotland

taramonster :  my fiancé and I are doing the same thing!!! Except we decided to combine our honeymoon and wedding ceremony all into one, so we’re getting married in Scotland next summer and throwing a party a few months after.  We are telling our venue that we are having a dinner party with dancing. 

Post # 11
8323 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Firstly, congratulations, secondly it sounds like it will be fun. And thirdly, l don’t know that you need to ‘explain’ anything to vendors do you? I have heard the word wedding attached to anything puts prices up, so maybe post- elopement might too. 

I would just book the place you want with the amenities you want. If the vendors ask in friendly sort of way what the occasion is then you can tell them it’s a post elopement reception if you care to. 

taramonster :  

Post # 12
2139 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

taramonster :  Don’t mention wedding to food vendors or too many other vendors. Only the DJ. The price increase for weddings is insane. 

Post # 14
3446 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

I vote to call it an anniversary party. It will be nearly a year after you guys got married, and you’ll avoid the unnecessary up-charges that come with the wedding word. You’re having a celebration of your marriage, which is basically what an anniversary party is.

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