By javamom77 from Yorkton, Sk
Have the event in the evening, say 7:30-8:00 for a start time. That way people won't expect a meal. Serve cake, ice cream, coffee, tea, and punch. Ask adult cousins to serve the lunch. The receptions that I have been to that do this have male cousins scoop the ice cream. Give the helpers a small remembrance of the occasion as a thank you. Ask a couple teen age relatives to carry the gifts to the gift table. Ask a married couple to be host and hostess, if you know of a relative that is good at taking pictures, ask that person to take some pictures of the event. Most of the time at this type of event the evening is spent making the rounds, visiting with the guests, sometimes two or three people that like to do a little acting can be drafted to put on a skit about marriage. For this, it might take a little digging to find a written skit, but it can be done. At my wedding reception, one of my husband's aunts and her teen age daughter put on a skit, that had something to do with hillbillies. The aunt was dressed in patched bib overalls, it was hilarious. A couple people did readings and that was all the entertainment there was. It was a good time.
My daughter was married a few weeks ago. My mother and I were unable to attend due to the long distance and health problems. I, of course, feel badly about not being able to attend my own daughter's wedding.
I would like to give her a small (immediate family) follow-up party in August. I wonder if this has ever been done before, is appropriate and finally, any ideas? Also, what do I call it?
I need to do it in my own home. All ideas needed from what to serve, to thoughts on a small gift or token? Any other ideas other than this?
Thank you for reading and any responses you might have.
By Ann G. from NY
It's a "reception" to honor the newly married couple. A reception does not have to be held immediately following a wedding, graduation, anniversary, or any other event. I think that it is really gracious of you and am sure that your daughter and her husband will appreciate what you are doing. You can make it a weekend brunch, and early afternoon tea (cake, cookies, punch, nuts, fruit), a BBQ cookout, a home cooked buffet, a traditional affair, or anything that is in your budget. Everyone will mingle, meet one another, and just enjoy each other's company, a nice get-together. Your daughter is very lucky.
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