Heather Menzies

August 10, 2022

3 Tips for Planning a Memorable Post Elopement Party

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So, you’ve decided. You’re eloping. 

*pops champagne* 

*throws confetti* 

In a recent blog post, we talked about how to tell your friends and family you are eloping because the reality is, one of the biggest challenges you may face once you’ve decided to elope is actually telling people you are eloping. 

The truth is, not everyone will understand, but those who do, really are for you. 

One way that it might make it easier for you to tell your friends & family you are eloping is by including in that announcement a post elopement party invitation. 

Some couples decide to do this and others decide not to. In the true nature of elopements, it is up to you. 

So, you might be wondering, what is a post elopement party?

It is exactly as it sounds. A party you throw for you, your friends and your family after you get married. It can be an opportunity for you to tell your story, show pictures (hopefully taken by yours truly) and videos from the day, and include people in this special moment of your life. 

It can be as extravagant or as simple as suits your fancy, and can really be whenever and wherever you want.

You might now be asking, why would I have a post elopement party?

Excellent question, truly. There is a whole list of reasons why you may want to throw a party for your loved ones to attend. Maybe you love a good party. Maybe you wanted that aspect of a traditional wedding, or maybe you don’t want the financial burden of a traditional wedding or traditional reception. 

Either, way, here are 3 Tips for Planning a Post Elopement Party: 

1. Pick A Date

This may seem like an obvious tip, but choosing a date will determine your planning – whether you give yourself a month or a few months to plan this party. 
Pro tip: giving space in between your elopement and your post elopement party allows for you to get your photographs back from your photographer, your video back from your videographer, and gives you time to get settled into your new life. Just remember, there’s no rush, the choice is yours.

2. Decide WHERE you want to host it.

Location can sometimes determine the amount of people you want to have. It can also determine the type of gathering you will have.

Hosting it in a backyard as a barbeque for just a few? Amazing. 

Booking it in a hall for many? Also amazing.

Whether you want it to be casual or extravagant, choosing a location to reflect your dream is crucial.

3. Consider the Details

Here are some questions to ask yourself when planning: 

Will you send out elopement invites or not?

Will you have entertainment?

Will it be a potluck style or will you need catering?

Will there be gifts? 

What will you wear? (talk about a great opportunity to wear your elopement outfits again, am I right?)

Will you hire a photographer? And if so, will it be Heather E. Photography? (That’s me! And I sure hope so!)

The details will be important in determining what kind of party you’d like to have. And as I always say, in the true nature of elopement magic, the choices are all YOURS.

Whether you are planning an elopement or a post elopement party, or if you simply have any questions or you’re ready to start your elopement journey, get in touch! I’d love to help you make your dream day a reality.

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