Eloping is, for many people, a way to escape the pressures of having a perfect wedding. But we have to remember the people want to celebrate our union. As such, while we may not want all the trappings of a massive wedding when we come home we've still got to think about throwing a massive shindig! But how can we throw a great post-elopement party?
Have The Party You Want
Because a post-elopement party is a unique event, there isn't necessarily a rule book to follow. It's a far better idea for you to think about what makes you both happy. You may have decided to elope so you can get rid of any preconceived notions or traditions associated with weddings. As it's your party, do what you want. If you want it to be a casual event, do it! Some people feel that they want to have the party but just get the ceremony out of the way. In which case you can go for the wedding party that you always envisioned. One of the most popular setups right now for wedding parties is a photo booth. And while some people may think that you don’t need to go all out for the sake of a party, if you are looking to create the perfect wedding party there are Picture Blast photo booths and numerous entertainment options that can give you the feel of a wedding party but without the ceremony. The great thing about having a wedding party is that there isn't that pressure or stuffiness associated with a formal wedding.
Be Sure To Explain The Event In The Invitation
There are reasons you wanted to elope. This means that you've got to prepare for people to question why you didn't have a proper ceremony. Some people may feel offended that you didn't invite them to your big day. It's important that you explain the party in your invitation but also explain that you are already married. You've got to be clear that this is a post-wedding event. Once you state this you will be able to manage the expectations of your guests. But you also need to remember that you may not have as many gifts as you would like. Because the party is not dependent on bringing a gift you need to make sure that you don't force the issue. Because if you set up a wedding gift page this could also cause some offence. Let the ball be in their court. If they want to bring you a gift, that's fine!
When Should You Throw The Party?
It's entirely up to you. Some people may feel that they have to do it immediately after the honeymoon or leave it a couple of weeks. It's entirely your choice. If you want to get used to married life first it is up to you, but ideally, it's worth having it within the first few weeks so that the celebrations feel fresh. Planning any post-wedding bash can be a lot of work but it's important to remember that the focus should be on the party. Don’t overthink it too much!
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