How Do We Plan a Post-Destination Wedding Reception?

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Post-Destination Wedding Reception Tips

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Exotic, faraway destination weddings are romantic, unique and memorable, but their locations often preclude guest from attending. How do you celebrate with the friends and family who couldn't travel for your big day? Our wedding experts are here to answer your etiquette questions in our daily post.

How do we throw a post-destination wedding reception?

Have the party whenever you'd like: as soon as you get back from the honeymoon, or even three to four months afterward. (Wait longer than a year, however, and the guests may not be as excited to come and celebrate.) If you're throwing a formal party, tuck a wedding announcement inside the envelope along with the invitation. The invite wording goes like this: Mr. and Mrs. (your names here) request the pleasure of your company at a reception Sunday, the first of August time, place, etc. If you're having a less formal party, you can get more creative with both your wording ("Join us for a celebration of our recent marriage!") and the invitations. Maybe you can even build the invite around a photo of the spot where you said I do.

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