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Though most couples have their full wedding reception immediately following the reception, it doesn't always happen that way. When a small, private, or destination wedding has taken place, some couples decide to give a party in the weeks following the ceremony to share their happiness with friends and family. The couple may host their own wedding party, or the bride and groom's family can host a wedding reception for the couple. This is frequently done when the couple has married privately or away from home or did not have a reception at all. Following are some guidelines for a post-wedding party:
What kind of reception is appropriate?
If no wedding reception was held or if only a small reception was held, this celebration may include all the components of any wedding reception. It can be as formal or as informal as the couple wants. If the bride wore a wedding gown for the ceremony, she may wear it again at the reception party if she wishes. They can even have a wedding cake ready to be cut and served to guests.
Should I expect gifts?
No gifts are expected. However, some guests choose to bring gifts. The couple should open any gifts they do receive after the party and send prompt thank-you notes.
How do I word the invitation?
Fill-in cards or printed invitations can be used and should be sent four to six weeks in advance. Invitations for a reception hosted by the bride's parents would read:
*Mr. and Mrs. William DeRosa
request the pleasure of your company
at a reception
in honor of
Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson