(Closed) Is a separate pre- or post-wedding celebration acceptable for a small wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Both of my male cousins did this. They had a party back at my aunts about a month later when they got home from a honeymoon. I have no issue with this. I don’t have to sit through the vows and I get the food lol

Post # 4
4980 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I think either would be perfectly appropriate. Receptions months later aren’t just for DWs; they’re just more common. 

Post # 5
11422 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

It is perfectly fine for you to have a small, intimate wedding ceremony followed by a reception with a much larger guest list.  This properly can be done on the same day as your small, intimate wedding or at a later date.

Engagement parties generally are not considered to be gift-giving parties, so there is no need for you to make any type of notation regarding “no gifts.”  Although gifts ARE customarily given when guests attend a wedding and/or reception, it is not considered to be proper ever to make mention of them, even to request the absence of them.  In other words, you should not make reference to the fact that you do not want gifts.

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