THE EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK
PARTY LIKE IT’S 2020 Second receptions or after-parties are not a new phenomenon. Couples who have destination weddings often have parties later to gather their friends and families together. So if you decide to elope or downsize your wedding due to social distancing orders, here are a few tips to consider when planning an after- party or reception. Do me a favor. We couldn’t resist this idea. Instead of a traditional favor, hand out custom face masks to your guests. Formal or casual? This is a personal decision. Are you wanting a backyard picnic with cornhole? Or do you dream of a fancy fairy-tale affair? Book your favorite restaurant, have a garden party with serving staff walking around with hors d’oeuvres, or a reception at your favorite bar. Just make sure you let your guests know about the attire. Theme it. Having a picnic? Ask everyone to wear plaid. Was your wedding supposed to happen on a beach? Invite everyone to wear Hawaiian shirts and shorts. Document it. Be sure to have your photographer and videographer present at your after- party or reception. Invite right. On your reception invitations don’t use the word “wedding.” You don’t want people to think they are attending your wedding. Instead consider something like this: Join us in celebrating our marriage. Show off. Show a slideshow of your elopement or wedding ceremony. If you decided to elope and your bridal party couldn’t attend, interview them and have them share their favorite memories of you as a couple.
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