Elopements are usually a very private event. You might invite your parents or a handful of your closest friends. A lot of times, you might still want to celebrate in some way after your elopement. An after elopement reception is a great way to include the friends & family you love, while still keeping your vows & wedding ceremony more intimate & private.
It Can be as Formal or as Informal as You’d Like
It’s your celebration & how you celebrate is up to you! Feel free to get dressed up again so everyone can see how good you look. Or you can get dressed in something more fun or casual, such as a cocktail dress. You can rent out a reception hall or have a backyard celebration. If you’d like to keep it more formal, hire a caterer. If you want to keep it more fun & casual (and more affordable) consider making your own food or having a potluck style dinner. After all, it’s not about the food, it’s about celebrating with those you love.
Have a Dance & Eat Some Cake
If your family loves to dance like mine, you should definitely have a dance! Create a playlist of everyone’s favorite dance songs. If you’re having a backyard celebration, rent a dance floor & some string lights for an easy, beautiful setup. And you should absolutely eat some cake. Or if cake isn’t your thing, pick another dessert! Pies, cookies, or something else.
When to Have the Reception
After your elopement, you’ll probably go on your honeymoon for a bit. The best time to hold a celebration like this is a few weeks to a month after you get back. This gives you some time to breathe & relax between events while still keeping events close enough together to be part of your wedding. And who doesn’t want to enjoy their wedding for a month?!
Show Off Your Photos & Video
Depending on when you hold your celebration, you can also show off your amazing photos & video from your elopement. Your friends & family will love seeing your photos & they’ll see what an amazing time you had on your wedding day. If any of them had doubts about you guys going a more non-traditional route, they’ll see that you made the right decision for YOU.
View more photos from this Ouray, Colorado wedding where they had an elopement reception
Do things your way, this party is about YOU!
No matter how you decide to celebrate, focus on the celebration, not the decor, opinions of others, or things that might go wrong. Have fun & CELEBRATE!