(Closed) Private wedding, followed by reception?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
9123 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@BrittLowe:  I went to a friend’s reception like this last summer.  The invite said “Please join us for dinner and drinks to celebrate the marriage of ____ and ____”.  They had gotten married in the morning and had the reception later that day, and had kind of spread the word in the months before that they were having a private ceremony.

It was slightly less wedding-y than actual witnessing the ceremony… but still very celebratory and wonderful.

Post # 4
313 posts
Helper bee

I’m planning to phrase it something to the extent of “While we cannot accommodate everyone at the ceremony, we hope you can join us for the reception afterwards!”

Post # 5
5867 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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@lolot:  +1

I thihnk this idea sets the stage just right.  Supplement it with word of mouth that you’re doing a private ceremony.

You could even do them on two different days (I’m sure you’ve considered this) which would make things more clear…and give you two wonderful days to celebrate!


Post # 6
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

This is what we’re leaning towards as well. And we don’t really want a wedding reception as we are telling people no presents, we aren’t interested in having toasts or a first dance, no throwing of the bouquet. Really it’s just going to be a party to celebrate our marriage.

I don’t know how to phrase that on the invitations though. Heck I’m not even sure we’re doing invitations, we know so few people that word of mouth might just be enough!

Post # 7
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

My friends did this!~ They didn’t even mention anything about the ceremony! The invitation just said: come celebrate the joining of Bride+Groom! (with their names of course).

Everyone knew by word of mouth that the ceremony was private and family only! They posted pictures later that were beautiful and lovely! However- no one felt the lack and it was an AWESOME PARTAY!

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