(Closed) What to call casual, catered party for friends AFTER wedding?

posted 7 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My friends did something simllar and one set called it an open house, while the other called it a fete. (I can’t for the life of me get the accent to show up).

Post # 4
319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Do you need to give it a name (like “reception”)?

Could you just say on the invitation something like: “Come celebrate Jack & Jill’s recent wedding with us at our backyard BBQ!”

Or whatever the plans are. No need to say “The pleasure of your company is requested at our very official post honeymoon dinner” or whatever that would necessitate giving the event an official name.

If you feel compelled to call it something I would go with “reception” just because it’s your second one and it’s a week after the wedding doesn’t chagne that it is essentially a reception.

Post # 5
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Just keep everything casual. You don’t want people to get upset if they think they might see a wedding and then don’t get to. Don’t use wedding words like reception. Party, celebration, etc

Post # 7
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We just referred to ours as our at-home reception.  We knew our guests would be thrilled that we were finally able to get married, and wouldn’t look down on our reception just because it was a bit more casual than average.

Post # 8
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

my fiances family calls them “open houses” I had never heard of this, but in there religion this is what the grooms family pays for? i didnt ask for too many details but it sounds like what you are describing

Post # 9
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Celebration Dinner?

Post # 10
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

an open house to me refers to ‘any one can come’

i like lexy’s reply.  if it’s casual and fun you can call it; post-honeymoon party, post-wedding celebration.  i would stay away from reception and stick to party or celebration.

Post # 11
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Do you mean that some people invited to the ceremony won’t be invited to the reception?

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