(Closed) Post Destination Wedding Reception (Please Help!)

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1553 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My Brother-In-Law and SIL did this.  I think it’s a great way to include family and friends that can’t be at your wedding ceremony.

As for the invitations, here is a link to some sample wordings:


You can definitely still have a registry, but I’d not list it on your invitations because a lot of people would find it offensive.  It’s best to let people know by word of mouth.

And definitely wear your dress again.  I’m sure your family and friends who didn’t go to the wedding want a chance to see you in it too!


Post # 4
2 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

@mandajwach: I am actually going through the same dilemma! I am getting married in March in Antigua, but havin a reception when I come back in April. Here is an example of my possible wording.

1.                                           Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Gallagher 


Mr. and Mrs. Elton Bueche’

Have the honour of announcing

The forthcoming marriage of their children

Allison Melissa Flanders
Abram Ashley Bueche’

On March seventeenth, Two thousand twelve

 The couple will exchange vows at the

 Sandals Grande Antigua Resort, in St. Johns, Antigua

 Please join them for a reception back home celebrating their

 Union on April fourteenth, Two thousand twelve

2. I registered, but will not include this information in the invitation, it should be word of mouth only.


3. As far as the first dance, etc it depends on how you want the reception to be, casul (just a party, more low key, then I would skip the traditions and hoo rah)

or if you want to keep it traditional, then definitely!

4. That dress you only get to wear on these occasions, and that is it! If it is short, then whether it is more casual, or formal it would work for both. I have heard of many doing this. You wear that dress!

Post # 5
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011


1 – Depending on how formal you would like your reception, some variation on the previous suggestion would be perfect. 

I am trying to remember the wording my friend used after having their domestic-destination wedding with only themselves and their parents.  Got it!  Blessing Ceremony.  Makes me think it is something Catholic/Orthodox, but it was a backyard BBQ type thing.

“Celebrate with us!  We will be tying the knot on XX, 20XX in Hawaii, but would like you to join us for [dinner and dancing] on DATE, at LOCATION to commemorate this [adjective] event.”   etc etc

2 – Never (unless you live in the UK), put registry info on invites.  People WILL want to buy you some things, it is best to give them some direction.  Not everyone will buy you  something.  

3 – If you want these dances, go for it!

4 – Go ahead and wear your dress.  I wore mine for the 2nd reception, grandparents, aunts, uncles, family friends, all were stoked to see it.

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