Post # 1
My fiance and I doing our formal ceremony and reception in May 2009 in my home state of Ohio. Since I’ve lived in LA for 10 years and he grew up here, we also want to celebrate with friends and family in California. I’m looking for your help with ideas for a 2nd reception to be held after our formal ceremony/reception. Have you been to such a party? What was it called? Was it formal? What happened at this party? How was the 2nd reception presented in the invitation?
And what about a location for such an event? We live in west LA and would like to stay as local as possible.
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
How many people do you want to invite?
You can have it as formal or unformal as you’d like! Heck, you can rent the In and Out truck!
I’m in West LA, do you want to hold it at a restaurant? Do you want to keep it low cost?
Lots of people have more than one reception. usually one winds up being less formal than the other, but it’s totally up to you.
Post # 4
Lots of people have two receptions in different cities. You can call it a wedding reception or a post-wedding celebration, whatever you like. Our friends had one that was formal in a hotel, had dancing, catering, all of it. The invitation said something like "We’re married– come help us celebrate at ____"
If you can be more specific, we can be of more help– how many people? Do you want a restaurant or ballroom?
Post # 5
Try http://www.culverevents.com. It’s unassuming on the outside, but the decor is beautiful and the price is reasonable. It’s one of those places that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars decorating because its charming on it’s own. I turned my friend on to it and she’s booked it for next year.
Post # 6
Have you considered having a silhouette artist at your reception? A lot of brides in the Los Angeles area are choosing to do this as a unique wedding favor for their guests and themselves. My husband Karl Johnson is a 3rd generation silhouette artist and his website is http://www.cutarts.com if you want to check it out.
Post # 7
I’m doing this as well (the ceremony will be in Oregon), I was wondering how to word it on the invitation as well, I like the "help us come celebrate at ___" idea.
Post # 8
I’ve been to many of these receptions, and they were just called ‘post-wedding celebrations’ and the like. Some were formal like the first reception with banquet halls, catering, dance floor… while others were just intimate dinners/cocktail parties hosted in a nice restaurant/lounge. I’ve even been to a fun, super casual backyard bbq. It just depends on what you’re after.
Besides the usual eating and drinking festivities, I also like it when the couple shares a photo slideshow of their ceremony and first reception – a great touch, especially if their first celebration was not local.
Post # 9
OOOhh! Definitely do a photo montage.
I went to a reception, last year, at the Sunset Restaurant near Zuma Beach. Since it was not my reception, I didn’t work with the venue. I cannot verify how easy they are to work with but I can say the location is impressive and stunning. The reception I went to was a blast and the food was great.
I hope this helps some.
Post # 10
We need more info:indoor/outdoor? daytime/nighttime?
I could give you lots of suggestions in the LB or Malibu areas.
Post # 11
also, the Skirball is exquisite and easy to get to and their rates are reasonable.