He popped the question and you said “Heck YES!” Now the planning starts! But you are not one of those “Brides” that dreamed of this special day your entire life. No big traditional wedding for you! The plan calls for something slightly different…you’re thinking of a destination wedding…yippee! But that begs for the question, how to celebrate with all your family and friends, that can’t and won’t be with you during this exciting, oh so far away, wedding.
Whether you are planning on having a private ceremony, eloping or flying off for a fabulous destination wedding, a very big trend in wedding special event planning is the Post Wedding Reception.
Special Event Planning – Post Wedding Reception
More and more bridal couples are going the non-traditional wedding route and are trying out different scenarios to see what will work for them and their own personal situation. The post wedding reception has had an incredible surge in growth and is now an impressive part of the wedding planning landscape.
By having a post wedding reception you can go explore some different options and still include all those family and friends who are not able to join you on your wonderful day. Post wedding receptions allow everyone to attend and celebrate the bridal couple’s special day, sometimes long after the occasion.
Special Event Planning – Post Wedding Reception Customs …
In my opinion, there are not really any set rules or guidelines when planning a post wedding reception. As you get going and the actual planning is happening, it`s more of a make it up as you go along situation. Having said that, “they” (the people in the know) do have a thing or more to say about post wedding reception protocol. “They” call for the affair to happen within a month or so of the wedding and honeymoon. “They” say it is usually a less formal bash then a traditional wedding reception. “They” say the bash is typically a casual open house, a fun brunch or the popular cocktail party. And “they” say a guest is not obliged to bring a gift.
But once again, there really are no fast and hard rules when special event planning for a post wedding reception. Anything goes… YOU should go ahead and do what feels right for the bride and groom. It is your special time so take all the information out there and fine tune it into the special celebration you most want.
Times are-a-changing. If your circumstances are not what is considered the norm or traditional, don’t fret! The wedding day is supposed to be all about the bridal couple. So go for what makes you happiest. Enjoy the party but remember…the reception is important to us all but what matters most is the marriage!