(Closed) Post-elopement party

posted 7 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
6117 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012


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
46 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

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

on (location)

on (date)


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.


Good luck!


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