Post # 1
MrN & I are have a super small wedding (originally an elopement and somewhat still is as many don’t know it’s happening) in 3 weeks (actually 2 weeks and 5 days now) and we’ve had a few close friends ask if we’re having a party as they’d like to celebrate with us … so we’re toying with the idea of a party (not a formal wedding reception, more of some food, booze, music and i’ll set up a guest book & some DIY decor, nothing crazy as it’d be a $2000 budget).
We’re getting married on November 10th and our original “big” wedding date was August 24th 2013 .. do you think that’s too far after to have a party/reception?
Post # 3
I think you can throw a party whenever you want. Maybe not call it a reception, or maybe do a vow renewal at that time?
Post # 4
If it would mean something to you to be able to have your friends celebrate your marriage with you then go for it….I don’t think it is too late at all.
If you feel like you have to because people have asked if you are planning to then skip it.
It is YOUR wedding…..make sure you celebrate it to the fullest how you want to even if it not in the traditional day of the wedding way!
Post # 5
Out of curiousity, why are you waiting so long to have it? Budget reasons? Why not have it after your elopment?
You can have parties anytime you want. I think it would be odd though if you called it the reception a year later, especially if nobody knew you were eloping to begin with. Like PP said, you could call it a vow renewal.
Post # 7
The best thing about eloping is the fact that you can do what you want. There’s never a bad time to celebrate your marriage. Have a party and have fun.
Post # 8
Is there a reason that you would want to leave the party until August of next year? If you could do it sooner I would say do that.
Post # 9
To answer why we’d be waiting until August (9 months after our wedding) *IF* we had the reception/party is for a few reasons …
- budget – always a factor, it’d only be a few thousand dollars however we are in the process of moving and also buying a 2nd vehicle so I don’t have a spare $2500 to throw a reception/party (if we did then we wouln’t even be having a intimate wedding in 3 weeks)
- timing … it’d be in Muskoka Ontario and weather is a factor, summer is the best time as a LOT of the guests are smokers and would be outside a lot so having it in August means better chance of nice weather + guests can be inside the hall or outside mingling (about 40% of the guests tend to mingle outside at all family parties)
- location – the hall we’re looking at is a community centre and in a small town so it’s used a lot in the winter for local youth (lots of Girl Guides & Boy Scouts stuff happens there on the weekends)
- vacation – alot of guests are out-of-town so it allows them to take a long weekend to attend (which most people wanted to do) so that way they can enjoy time off in the summer compared to the dead of winter when its -30 out. Plus summer means easier driving conditions to drive to Muskoka from the city vs. snowy roads in the winter.
Those are the main reasons … we did toss around June as a time but August was our original date and MrN likes the idea of using our original date because so many people already knew that date
Post # 10
Yay :). My SO and I may do this around a year after. I think it’s a great idea. I would probably call it an anniversary party or a celebration of your new marriage rather than a reception, but that’s just me. I’d be excited to go to your party if you were my friend 🙂
Post # 11
Well MrN & I are about 90% positive we’ll have a post wedding celebration, I think we’re going to send invites saying “we eloped” & invite guests to a celebration of our love (not a reception or an anniversary party)
Post # 12
I love your idea of sending invites telling people you have eloped and invite them to a celebration. And I don’t think it matters when your celebration is. My fiance and I have moved the date of our wedding 4 times over the last 6months cause we bought a house and it seems to suck the money right out of us. I say do it when you you are ready. The last thing you want to be doing is stressing about money during such wonderful celebrations.
Post # 13
A big fat YAY from me. Thats what we were planning, eloping and then having the reception later. We were going to call it a “marriage celebration.”
Post # 14
Nope, Im doing the same thing! Eloping to Vegas then having a 1920’s party later. I know so cliche.. ha ha I love vintage in all areas of my life so it works, I cant wait! I hope tons of guests dress the part! Strolling dessert, wine, and appetizer party to celebrate our marriage. It will start at 7:30 after dinner hour.
I’ll get to wear my dress twice!
Post # 15
I’m excited to have a party and wear my dress twice!!
Theme party … hrm …. I like that idea!!