(Closed) How long after wedding can we hold an at-home reception?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
2822 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We are having ours 3 months after the wedding. We are getting married in December and having the at home reception in March. I don’t think waiting until May or June is too long. We are also doing a casual BBQ at home reception except we rented out a brand new community center to hold ours, so it won’t be outside. We live in Seattle, so the weather is always unpredictable, which is why we decided to go this route.

Post # 4
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

If you want to be very technical, from an etiquette standpoint it’s considered a delayed reception up through the first year of marriage.  After you’ve been married a year, it’s an anniversary party (or just a regular party that has nothing to do with your wedding).

Post # 5
24 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are going to have a reception at home a month after our Destination Wedding.  How many guests are you expecting? Have you thought about renting a hall and having a party?

Post # 6
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I may be crazy but with my work I don’t get much vacation time so we’re doing it the very next weekend … Not have a destination persay.. my family is from one place and his family is from another.. so one place the first weekend the other the next

Post # 7
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Ours is about three weeks after the wedding, about a week after we get home.

Post # 8
143 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We are planning our Destination Wedding for the 2nd week of May nest year and then having our reception in early July… so I guess just about 2 months after. Fiance and I live away from the majority of my family so I wanted it to be feasible for them to travel and come to both events if they want to.

Close friends of ours had their wedding on a cruise last November and then Had the reception on December 30th as kind of an early NYE party and reception which was nice.

I think it really depends on what suits you best!!

Post # 9
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We may have a one year anniversary party in lieu of the AHR.  I’d think 0-8+ months after is OK for a celebartion party (although I’m not aware of any had set rule).  After 9 might as well call it an anniversary party!

If we don’t host SOMETHING at our home, our families we never get the chance to meet!  They are at opposite ends of the country.  At a minimum invite them all to our house for a mini vacation.  One of those nights could be a party that includes local friends.


Post # 10
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My wedding is May 17th and we are having our at home reception on July 6th.

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