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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Can You Have a Wedding Reception a Couple Weeks After the Ceremony?

Filed under: Post-Wedding Reception,Receptions — Larry James @ 8:30 am
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Where is it written that you must have the reception right after the wedding?

Some Wedding Consultants will say, “It’s perfectly acceptable.” I agree. Of course you can! It’s your wedding you get to choose. Others may disagree. Some will even consider it “rude” or “tacky.” I say there are only “your” rules.

WeDidre·cep·tion [ri-sep-shuhn] noun
1. a function or occasion when persons are formally received: a wedding reception.

You don’t have to call it a reception. One couple I know announced it by saying they were foregoing the reception in favor of a “Celebration of Love.” She and her husband wore what they wore at the wedding – she in her wedding dress and he in his wedding suit – but for the guests it was dress casual. The bride and groom wanted them to know that the wedding was the reason for the get together. I’m guessing that one thing that was missing was the stress of going through a rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, the wedding ceremony, then straight to the reception. They ended the evening with a brief “thank you” and a fireworks display.

Some couples prefer a quiet, private wedding ceremony with limited guests – family and a few close friends – then plan to party with friends on a later date, perhaps to accommodate people who unable to attend your wedding, e.g, grandparents who can no longer travel, etc.

This also happens when brides and grooms have destination weddings. They come to Scottsdale, get married with a very few close friends, e.g., the maid of honor and the best man who will also act as witnesses then return to their home town. (Most states require at least 2 witnesses to witness the signing of the marriage license – AZ does).

Believe it or not, couples still elope for various reasons. Most will have the reception when they return home with the good news! It may not be “good news” for some, but it’s what the bride and groom wanted.

Take a breather. You will be more relaxed and be able to focus on having meaningful conversations with your family and friends. It’s just a thought. It depends on whether you are willing to break with tradition.

Some will argue that a wedding is a one day event, it includes a ceremony and a reception. That works too! The final decision will only be made by the bride and groom.

I’m told that post-wedding receptions tend to have a higher showup-rate which may mean more gifts for you! 😉 Of course, that’s not the reason you would do it. (Heh heh)

BONUS Article: Need help with etiquette for a DW with a reception 2 weeks later…

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