- 3 years ago
- Wedding: May 2015
My fiance and I are eloping in May (alone, we’re going abroad) for multiple reasons, but mostly because that’s just what we’d like to do. Our family is supportive and it shouldn’t be a problem at all. However, he wants to have a celebration with his family when we get back and I’m unsure of how to do this. If we invite his family to a sort of wedding celebration, we need to invite my family. Then we’ll probably invite friends as well because they want to celebrate our wedding as well… etc etc.
I’m confused as to what sort of party to throw, I suppose. He was thinking just a laid back BBQ to get together with family and maybe have a guestbook (although they aren’t guests at our wedding so that part rather confuses me). We don’t want a large wedding but his family (which is large) is important to him and I feel like he wants them to be a part of our new beginning even if they won’t be at our wedding.
However, I haven’t the slightest idea how to do this tastefully. I’m perfectly fine with just throwing a fun party and inviting friends and family, providing food and drinks, maybe showing a slideshow or video of our wedding or something – but I don’t know what else this would involve or what people will expect. Have others faced this? What did you do at your party? Did you include the traditional reception stuff, like dancing and cake and such? Did you send out formal invites? How did you dress?
I’m just confused I’m planning a normal party or an actual wedding reception I suppose. Help!