(Closed) HELP!! Vegas wedding with reception later??

posted 6 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t think there is anything wrong with having a celebration party further on down the road!  Sounds like it will be less stress in fact than planning a full wedding with all the guests.

For a celebration party, I don’t think bridesmaids and groomsmen are needed anymore.  Once you feel like you’re really going to do the Vegas route, I’d let those people knw that it’s just going to be a party now and they won’t have any roles any longer, but stay tuned for a great party!

When I was married the first time, we had celebration parties thrown 4 months after the actual wedding date.  Each mother threw a party in our home state.  It was casual, but lots of food, drink, cake.  My mom’s party for us was conveniently (or not so conveniently) combined with my sisters college graduation party HA!

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

With so much time passing between the legal wedding and the planned reception, I don’t think you CAN have bridesmaids and groomsmen.  I also think you should limit your staged/posed photos and seek out more candid photo op’s.  Basically try not to make it look like a Wedding Junior.   You will have had the better part of a year go by after you officially got married, and while you can still call it a “reception” I don’t think you can even properly call it a “wedding reception” without risking some people being put off.  I’d also set my expectations quite  a bit lower in terms of gifts, as many people will not see a need to buy a gift for a couple that’s been married for 9 months by then. And you’ll need to skip any showers, bachelorette or bachelor parties.

If you plan it as you and your FH just throwing a big, casual party for everyone in honor of the fact that you got married, it’ll work out fine. But if you try to make it too wedding-centric or incorporate too many of the traditional wedding elements, it will be awkward and confusing for your guests (plus you could end up looking gift-grabby).

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@cherrybomb1979: By gifts list to you mean create a wedding registry at a Bed, Bath, Beyond or somewhere?

You could register for gifts online somewhere.  Then if your mom or his friend ask where are you registered or what to get you for a gift (which is not mandatory by the way!), you can tell them where you are registered.  Just don’t advertise/tell that you are already registered anywhere – save it for when/if people ask!  Some people already know how to hunt for that stuff online.

For your party, if peple wat to give you a gift, then they will ask around if you are registered.  I just got cash at my celebration parties way back when.  I was surprised that people even did that!  It wasn’t a wedding.

Fiance and I do not want any gifts.  His mom said I really should register somewhere because his aunt (who was not invited) really wanted to get us a gift regardless.  I have not and will not register.  We’ll probably be eloping with just his parents.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I wouldn’t distribute a gift list outside of people actually invited to attend.

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