Post # 1
First I would just like to metion that I absolutely LOVE the fact that WeddingBee has a dedicated elopement section on their boards!
Now, getting down to business, have any of you had/are planning to have a post-elopement party? I am not talking about an at home reception. Just 50 people or so (I have a huge family) invited to a local restaurant for some drinks and a nice dinner. No DJ, no cake, etc.
The thing I’m struggling with is invitation wording. We are hoping to have the party either the weekend after we return or the following week, so the invitations will have to go out BEFORE we are actually married. I have found some examples, but most all of them say so-and-so WERE married on X date. I’m not sure how to phrase it to make it clear that we are getting married, but that the party is NOT the wedding.
Post # 3
We had a celebration party; 45 people came (about 14 of them were kids). We planned it in a week. It fell on our 1 month anniversary.
I really did not NEED a party – I was fine having eloped and a wonderful vacation. It was done in my head! But friends kept asking, “When’s the big party???” I also had been talking up my graduation party for 5 whole years (took me 5 years to do my Master’s), so I kind of had to follow through with that! Plus my advisor was brewing me two minikegs of beer for this supposed graduation party. So a party it was!
We just combined all sorts of celebrations into one – graduation, our new deck we put on the house, our marriage, end of summer hurrah. I really did not want it to be weddingy or gift grabby. It was a potluck – we provided all the beverages, main dishes (roast beef au jus sandwiches, lasagna, pulled pork sandwiches) and people brought side dishes or desserts. I was going to do Evite, but it had a glitch so I just did email. No mailings.
No family was there – they all live in other states, and it was not a party worthy of flying in for with a week’s notice (I doubt they would have come, they weren’t able to come to the actual wedding!).
I think a restaurant dinner with 50 or so people would be just lovely really! Let the restaurant do all the work! Maybe they can even to a buffet of some sort or a prix fixe meal for you.
I would say:
Jane and John were married on this day at ABC!
Please join us for a celebration dinner held at XYZ!
Post # 4
We are doing the same thing – we are getting married just the 2 of us on an island and then about a month later we are having a party. So invitations have gone out before the wedding.
Our invitations read as follows:
Bride’s Name & Groom’s Name
are exchanging wedding vows during a private ceremony
Together with their families, Bride’s Name & Groom’s Name, joyfully ask you to celebrate
with them upon their returt at
a cocktail, dinner, and dancing reception
on (Date) at (Time)
We used RuffHouse Art for our invitations and they were great – ordered online and had the perfect invite for us – getting married on an island, but party after is more in a modern restaurant space – so we picked one called Beach Fireworks. Love them and have gotten great feedback from our guests about them.