(Closed) Is anyone having two wedding receptions?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I love those photos. I love using fruits, like green apples or oranges or lemons, in vases as well.

My Mother-In-Law wants to have an open house in DH’s hometown, but I’m not too keen on it. I really feel like that’s more about her and her friends than us. Kind of a sticky situation. If we do it, though, I’ll be taking some cues from your book! I was just posting about how must I love this stuff and could have had 10 wonderful weddings. So the hometown reception could be a chance to do some of that! Honestly, though, the budget would probably all go toward food and drink.

Post # 5
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

we’re pretty much doing the same thing! We’re getting married in Arkansas, and almost all of my family is from California. So when we go on our honeymoon(in cali) we’re going to stay at a local hotel in my home town and have a brunch with my family that won’t be able to make it!

Post # 6
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ditto on the family situation for us…wedding’s in LA, where we both live, but neither of us are from there.  So we may be having THREE receptions (!!!): one in LA (very fun & very us), maybe one in SF (groom’s home), & one in Hawaii (my home) for all the family that we can’t invite due to budget.  Not sure how we’re going to pull this off since we’re paying for everything ourselves & we have NO idea where the money for the other two receptions will come from.

But we’re thinking homey (hopefully potluck) style receptions.  I’m thinking sports inspired stuff for SF (we’re both 49ers & SF Giants fans) & Palaka (hawaiian style gingham + leis) inspired stuff for Hawaii.

Post # 7
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

sort of.. actually 3.. we’re both in ny but threw a cocktail reception in his hometown (standing only, finger food, drinks) for his side of the family. we called it an engagement party. his mum and sis took care of everything thankfully! v. casual so no favors. just the invites!

we’re doing a sit down dinner for my extedned family in my hometown, just at a local restaurant. we’re not tagging it a reception – just a family get-together.. so again, just an invite, no favors, centerpieces, etc needed. but i think we’ll bring some photos to share if possible since it’s after the wedding.

Post # 8
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Well we just didn’t want to do a big wedding, so our ceremony is a destination wedding with only 25 guests.  We’re planning a bigger reception in Seattle in teh springtime to celebrate the wedding.  We are waiting a while because of the weather and it may be hard for our families in Eastern Washington and Idaho to drive over after November since the mountain weather can be unpredicatable.  Plus, that will give us some time to just relax and enjoy after the wedding 🙂

Post # 9
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We had two receptions because we got married in NJ, where I grew up and then had a second reception in Ohio, where my husband is from. The second reception took place three weeks after our wedding. That timing was helpful because we went on our honeymoon, then had to move and then had a week to tie up any loose ends for the planning. We had a much more casual reception,but it was still nice! We had it at a shelterhouse and had carnation as the centerpieces ($1 a carnation!) and votives and catered in some food and then had a cookie buffet for dessert along with cupcake tiers. We also had a DJ and we wore our dress and tux again..which people loved! I love that I got to wear my dress twice, it totally justified the pricetag of my gown! Lastly, we had a big screen and a slideshow of pictures from the wedding. We also had a guestbook and some of our programs from the wedding. People really seemed to have a great time!

Here are a few pics:


Post # 11
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Thanks, Chela429..it was a great day and I loved wearing the gown again. Although, let’s be real…nothing will take the place of wearing it on the wedding day! Can’t wait to see pictures of your dresses 🙂

Post # 12
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Glad to hear you’re staying upbeat! A lot of people would probably take offense! =) We’re not having two receptions, but I love your inspiration pics.

Post # 13
2205 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

we had two reception and kept things really simpe at the second one.  my Future Mother-In-Law who hostessed preffered to call it a dinner party and it worked much better that way.  She had balck and white linens with simple but colorful flower arrangements on the tables(made by a friend), hired a caterer, bought her own alochol and played jazz/big band etc music in the background to set the scene.  It was really lovely and kept the planning to a minimum.  The caterer provided all the linens, tables chairs.  they set up and took down.

I made a slideshow of our wedding teasers and some of the better quality wedding guest photos for people to enjoy.

Hope your planning goes well, you don’t have much time!  But it shoudl be lovely.  Here are a couple of pics of my second reception.


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Post # 15
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We having two also – one after the actual wedding ceremony in Connecticut and then two weeks later a Mass and a Reception in Ireland.  There may be some overlap in the guests who attend but for the most part the CT guests probably won’t travel over to Ireland although hopefully there will be quite a few who come over from Ireland.  I don’t want my groom to feel like he’s got no one there from his side!

Post # 16
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yes..having a small reception for about 30 family members (mostly elderly or those who work weekends/have children) family in NYC who can’t make it up to our bigger reception 2 hours from where we live.

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