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Just Said Yes September 2020

How to build excitement for Wedding Part 2?

Dana, on April 22, 2021 at 6:46 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 5 14
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So like many recent brides, I had gotten married last year to my husband in a very small and intimate ceremony. Now that the big deed is done and we are already married, I was wondering if anyone had any tips or ideas to get excited for our reception this year? Right now it’s just feeling like a big party that I’m wearing a fancy dress to and not a celebration of our marriage.
We will not be renewing our vows but the priest will be in attendance.

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Latest activity by Heather, on December 4, 2021 at 10:25 PM
  • Courtney
    Dedicated October 2021
    Courtney ·
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    Following! We rescheduled 3 times last year, finally got married in October in a super small ceremony with our parents/siblings only. We are having our big wedding on our one year, i'm pregnant and due in 6 weeks and I haven't even thought about, let alone got excited about our big wedding and it's sad!

    Hoping others have advice for us!

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  • Melanie
    Dedicated June 2019
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    I know at my reception we scheduled games into the event, like Trivia and Karaoke. We gave out prizes for winners. We also had a dance-off at ours, which the guests loved. Is your reception fully indoors or is some outdoors as well? That could add some additional possibilities as well.

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  • T
    Devoted August 2020
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    Mine is the same way. Got married in August and my party is this Saturday. Like I’m not excited and I feel like it’s late. So I just pretend like it’s the same day.


    Mine moved 3 times too. It’s very hard. Other than pretending it’s the same day I had my DJ introduce my husband and I as “married for 8 months celebrating their marriage with everyone now”
    We get to see family that we haven’t seen in a long time so that’s a plus.
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  • Dana
    Just Said Yes September 2020
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    Aw well please let me know how it goes! I’m sure you’ll still have a blast!
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  • M
    Savvy August 2022
    Marion ·
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    Mm that’s tricky. Do you have a video of the ceremony you could have playing in the background to show people? Or a slideshow of wedding pics?
    Are you getting your hair/makeup done? Will you have any bridesmaids?


    We’re eloping in June (which will be our civil wedding) and we’re having a religious church wedding next summer. Next year’s wedding feels more like the real deal because I’ll be wearing a proper wedding dress, my dad will walk me down the aisle, I’ll have bridesmaids...
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  • Dana
    Just Said Yes September 2020
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    Yes my bridesmaids will be there in their dresses and I am getting hair and makeup done again
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
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    Same here, but I think we are basically going to make our wedding celebration a "redo" of what we wanted our wedding to be. We are definitely going to honor that will will have been married for a year by that time but do plan on doing some sort of ceremony - probably different vows and no ring exchange but something meaningful. We'll have dances, a cake, speeches, etc. Our elopement last year was super short, so we didn't get to do most of those things and we only had a handful of witnesses in attendance.

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  • T
    Devoted August 2020
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    It was a lot of fun 😊 hopefully you enjoy your party when it comes around 😊
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  • Ashley
    Beginner September 2021
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    Following as well! Currently having trouble trying to motivate my groom for this reason Smiley sad

    I think for me I am most excited about seeing all the friends and family who we have missed more than ever during COVID. But for me, the gathering of all your favorite people together is one of the best parts of the wedding and the part I am thus still excited about since we didn't get to have that last time.

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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
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    I think it’s impossible to get that initial excitement from the wedding again. So it might be easier to view/consider it as a one-year anniversary party. I think that’s very exciting, especially after dealing with covid. Have fun and celebrate!!!!
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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
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    This was a HUGE reason why we postponed. I know myself TOO WELL and there’s no way I’d bother having a reception when I’ve already been married a year. There would be no real reason for me to spend that money anymore, so far after the wedding (I’d rather spend it on traveling, shopping or upgrading the house). But I knew that I wouldn’t have that same initial excitement a year later and I knew we wouldn’t be able to re-create the same feeling (no matter how hard we’d try) So we quickly opted out of that idea and postponed an additional year. That we can have ceremony and reception back to back.
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  • Kari
    Master May 2020
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    Now that our wedding date is drawing closer I am getting excited and also, surprisingly, remaining really calm about all the stressful things and BS that go along with weddings (close friends not coming, not having anyone to get ready with, invites going out behind schedule, etc). Having the wedding felt so real up until Covid hit (2 months before our wedding date) and then has felt like such an impossible dream since that now that it is just 2 months away and going to happen I feel like I actually DO feel excited about it again. But it was impossible to feel that way until our state opened up, vaccinations became widely available, etc and we knew it could actually happen close to the way we wanted. Maybe as your reception date gets within reach you will feel more excited about it then.

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  • Jasmin
    Savvy July 2021
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    Honestly, I am ecstatic that I get to have this huge one-year celebration! We are renewing our vows but personally, I'm just ready to look amazing and finalllllly be able to see my loved ones. Last year vs this year is two totally different feelings for me and I'm looking at this as a chance to show off my love for and with my husband.

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  • Heather
    Just Said Yes November 2021
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    I am in the same boat over here! We just had a small micro wedding with 24 guests this November. Many people couldn’t make it and it was a short 3 hour wedding. We did the bows, dance, cake cutting etc. we didn’t really have time for any dancing or partying really. We missed quite a few people in attendance. While we originally just thought we would have the wedding stay small, I felt very disappointed afterwords.. so we decided upon the one year anniversary reception. 🎉🎉so far I have booked a pavilion at matheson hammock park and we will do casual taco bar, drinks, cake; and dancing. No second ceremony. I am thinking of showing the video of the wedding to the people who were on zoom/ couldn’t make it in person. It’s so crazy I never thought I would do it again!! But it’s true: it feels like covid took a lot from us on our special day. I totally understand and think it’s a great way to extend the celebrations!! Everyone thinks it’s a great idea so far! Also we don’t have the stress of the formal pictures and ceremony. Just get to let loose and have fun!!!
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