Reception/vow renewal several months after small wedding ceremony?

posted 4 months ago in Reception
Post # 2
501 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think you can do a reception whenever you want! I don’t know that I’d bother with a vow renewal so soon, people understand your reasons and you aren’t trying to pretend you aren’t married yet. I know someone who had a small immediate family wedding in about November and then a big party for family and friends in June (so about 8 months)  They just said they wanted to celebrate their recent marriage, it was a bit less formal than most wedding receptions but everyone was happy to be there and celebrate with them. 

Post # 3
3468 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

There is no problem with what you want to do at all. I also don’t think it has to be a vow renewal, it can just be a marriage celebration if you want. Share your marriage with family and friends in a way that makes the most sense for you guys. As you said, everyone understands your situation and knows that you’re doing what you guys need to do right now.

Post # 4
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Tennessee

I wouldn’t bother with a vow renewal either, just a reception to invite all your family and friends in celebrating your recent nuptials. That’s exactly what me and my husband did. We eloped in the beginning of April and threw a reception for everyone to celebrate with us in late June. We even got a cake and did the cut the cake thing so everyone could be a part of that and we laid out our wedding album for people to look at. I don’t regret it at all and definitely took a lot of stress out. 

Post # 5
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Why not just plan a big 1st anniversary party?  That way you aren’t expected to have the lavish traditions expected at a wedding reception.   

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