(Closed) How long after a destination wedding can you have an at home reception?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
908 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would try to do it in April if I were you, or change the venue if you could. 

I don’t think there’s a hard and fast rule, but more than six months out feels like a lot. 

Post # 4
3356 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@S2013:  I had a Destination Wedding in May and am having an at home reception in Nov, also in the MidWest 😉 so based on that, no I don’t think there’s a problem with Sept.

Post # 5
5951 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

We were married in April and had a reception in July…it worked out fine

Post # 7
942 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think if you send out some sort of notice for the AHR, the timing wouldn’t matter at all. That way it’s not being ‘sprung’ on them months later.

Are the ppl attending the Destination Wedding also expected to attend the AHR? How many extra people will you invite to the AHR? Are you inviting EVERYONE to the Destination Wedding, and then hosting an AHR for those who can’t attend or having more of an A-list, B-list kinda thing.?

If you are inviting EVERYONE to the Destination Wedding, you could say on your invites

‘soandso are getting married in the exotic location date detials’:

‘for those of you who cannot attend an at-home-reception will be held in September’

RSVP card says Destination Wedding tick yes or no AHR tick yes or no.

Otherwise, you could send out announcements of your marriage to those that didn’t attend the Destination Wedding, it can double as an STD, then send out invites (as a reminder more than anything) closer to the date of the reception. Seems like a lot of stationery though….

Ours was 2 weeks after. We had our ‘honeymoon’ in between

Post # 8
2747 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Ours was a month after.

Post # 9
9951 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Generally speaking the sooner the better… But this is certainly a situation where proper paperwork can be your friend.  You can send out Wedding Annoncements, Reception Invites, Informals, or even Save the Dates… What you choose… And how you organize them will depend on the formality of your event, and the timing / lag from the Wedding etc

For more info on each consult GOOGLE or an Etiquette Guide, or the ETIQUETTE BOARD here on WBee


Post # 10
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@S2013:  our wedding is in april and we are thinking we will have our at home reception in october or november.

Post # 11
13683 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Personally, I think it’s too long to wait 4-6 months to have the at-home reception. 

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