(Closed) Reception after Destination Wedding

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

In my opinion it doesn’t sound cheap! i actually think that it is a great idea. The only thing i would miss with that kind of picnic would be the music and dancing….but that stuff might not be as important to you!

 

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You could do the same BBQ foods but have it catered by a local BBQ restaurant. You could have brisket and okra. I think you could really work with the picnic idea but it would def. make things more organized to have someone there handling the food. There are alot of cute things you could do  for decorating too.

I don’t know if you would want to do this but i have seen some receptions like this where people have added some of the traditional wedding reception things to the evening (cake, 1st dance, bouquet toss etc). People that can’t make it to the wedding would probably like to see you cut the cake and have a 1st dance! 

Things like this would make it feel more like a wedding reception/celebration than just a normal BBQ.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

my bro and SIL did something similar and it was very nice maybe you could do a potluck vs catering

they did BBQ and it was great with a fruit tray and cake…

they didn’t want to register either but finally did and they got a ton of gifts and money as well. everyone had a great time it was a lot of fun

and for the bounce house i wanted one for my wedding when it was orginally going to be in the spring!!! can i come please?? Lol

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My best advice to you is this: do what YOU and YOUR HUSBAND want. It sounds like you are pumped about this picnic idea, so go with it! I don’t think it sounds tacky at all; tacky would be inviting everyone to the park and serving only soda. 😉 LOL I would love to go if I was in your family; it sounds very relaxed and low-key.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We’re totally doing the same thing! We are having a small ceremony and reception in my parents backyard. We have a lot of friends where we live now (Knoxville), that we just can’t fit into the small space of the wedding.

We’ve decided to do a cook-out once we get back, with games like ladderball and corn hole. We are letting everyone know NOT to bring us gifts, we just want a chance to celebrate with them!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We are thinking of doing the same thing! No gifts just celebrating our union.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I agree to do what you want to do and not worry about what people think.  We had a destination weekend and then a “hometown reception” three weeks afterward.  Our reception was dressy though, in a remodeled loft with a catered buffet.  I wore a “nice” white dress but not my actual wedding dress and my husbands wore a black suit.  It worked great and I think guests really enjoyed being able to celebrate with us, regardless of whether or not they actually witneessed the nuptuals. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

A picnic sounds just fine.  If someone wants to take hold of the grill thats fine too, but just take in account on how many people you will have there.  Will someone want to stand there all day and grill and not be able to enjoy the rest of the festivities?  I would just check into how much it would be catered by a local restaurant.  

I would totally take up your parents help on the catering.  If you can guys afford it on your own..perfect… but if not..theres no shame in taking help when its offered. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’d go for the grill, with some side salads and such from your local deli / Whole Foods. If you’re going to have a bunch of people I would not plan on doing the catering yourself other than buying and grilling.

Post # 13
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Newbee

Don’t give up on your picnic! Do it for the rehearsal. Make it fun and enjoy your family and friends for a small “pre” party the night before (If your wedding isn’t too early in the day). 🙂

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I SO want a bounce house at my outdoor reception. We’re going to have yard games like bocce, cornhole, etc… too. At first I was totally joking when I got sick of people asking us what we were going to do, so I started telling them “We’re having a bounce house and a slip n slide!” But deep down, I’m not joking…. haha My fiance is somewhat on board with the idea, but I think he’s worried what our SUPER traditional southern families are going to think (whereas I don’t care… haha). 

Post # 15
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Wannabee

Do you include the “hometown reception” invite/info in the wedding invite?  Did you send out a seperate invite?

Thanks for your help!!!

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