:At Home Reception:
- Last updated on May 11, 2009 at 2:04 pm
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So since it will be just the FI and I at our destination wedding, we decided to have a Wedding Celebration (AHR) for our friends and family when we get back. It will be a very casual affair. We will have a short, vow renewal and we'll BBQ lots of yummies at the reception. We will play our ceremony video & showcase our wedding photos so they will feel like they were a part of our special day!
- Wedding Theme: Rustic Romance
- Wedding Motifs: Vintage chandelier, lanterns, candles, bamboo, birch, wood, moss, river rocks, cymbidium orchids, burlap.
- Our colors: Chocolate Brown, Taupe, Ivory, and Chartreuse Green
Wedding & Reception Details
We will be making our own invites. I ordered some samples from www.cardsandpockets.com and love the quality and colors of the pocketfolds. It will truly be a labor of love.
Ceremony and Reception
We will be having a short vow renewal ceremony and reception when we get back from our DW and honeymoon. It is being held at Maggiano's Little Italy. Can't stress enough how tasty the food is! We know our guests will leave with their bellies full and smiling faces.
It will be mainly brown, chartreuse green, taupe and ivory elements. There will be hanging chandeliers and lanterns on the tables.
Tables and Centerpieces
I love the simplicity of these long banquet tables.
This centerpiece is my inspiration for the banquet tables with the manzanitas, orchids, candles and birch vases but I think I am going to do this as the wish tree instead. For the centerpieces, we will have square vases filled with flowers.
To add to the romantic effect, we will have rustic, metal lanterns strewn throughout the banquet tables.
Instead of a traditional cake, we will have cupcakes. I like the idea of placing it on tree rounds. Here are some inspirational photos.
Manzanita Wedding Wish Tree Table
At this table, we'll set up vases with cymbidium orchids, river rocks, and floating candles in water. We are having a wedding wish tree instead of the typical guestbook. We will DIY manzanita trees and there'll be small bowls with tags for guests to write us a note, leave us a wish, or give us a word of advice. A few wish tree inspirations:
Guests will be receiving a lucky bamboo as a gift. I love this idea!
(photo by sarah parent photo)
Why an AHR? Are you worried that friends not attending your wedding will feel left out? Does not getting to celebrate with everyone you love make you feel sad? Then host a postwedding party back home a few weeks or months after you return from your honeymoon.
Why you'd want to do it: A party back home allows you to have it both ways -- you get your fantasy destination wedding without sacrificing the chance to let a broad circle of friends share in your joy. It keeps the crowd you didn't invite to your DW from feeling left out and takes the pressure off others to make the trip if they feel they can't afford the time or expense.
Be careful with the invitation wording so that it is clear the official wedding has already happened.
What it entails: You options are endless. If your destination wedding was a casual, barefoot-on-the-beach affair, you may want to use this later celebration as a chance to go swankier and do a sit-down dinner complete with all the fine linen and crystal you passed on earlier. You can also keep it simple and throw an elegant cocktail party, a buffet luncheon, or a backyard barbecue. A wedding cake is a nice symbolic touch but certainly not required.
What to wear: Any party attire is appropriate, but many brides do wear their wedding dress again. It helps the celebration feel like a wedding: Everyone always wants to see a girl in her gown, and you'll get more mileage out of your purchase. The groom can simply wear a suit unless, of course, the party is black tie!
A word on gifts: Don't expect them. Guests are only obligated to give you a gift if they were invited to the actual wedding. Many will want to, though, so it is still a good idea to register in advance of the event.
Show off the event: A digital slideshow of your wedding photos will help your guests feel more included in the big event. Leave a copy of your album out or play a video of the two of you exchanging vows. If your albums aren't ready, ask your photographer in advance to give you a second set of proofs to leave in little frames around the event.
Hire a photographer: Have a professional take pictures of you and friends at the event. Set up a digital photo booth and give each guest a snapshot of him - or herself as a takeaway.
How to get the word out: Once you've made the decision to have a second event, let people subtly know whenever they ask about your wedding plans (e.g., "We're having a small wedding in Jamaica in March but are planning a cocktail reception back home in April") or send out formal invitations. This will let people who aren't invited to the wedding know that they aren't being excluded. You need to be careful with the invitation wording so that it is clear the official wedding has already happened.