With many occupancy restrictions and the threat of spreading the virus, many couples last year had to make the difficult decision of either rescheduling their wedding or eloping. Simply Eloped stated that their website traffic increased 135% in the middle of the pandemic, so it’s safe to say that a good majority of couples went for the elopement. Now as active COVID cases go down and vaccinations are getting rolled out, people are ready to once again celebrate their love!
These next few years will bring the rise of anniversary parties, or reception only events, and our team from The Club at Indian Creek, one of the best wedding reception venues Omaha has, has some tips for you!
1. Decide when you want to hold your reception
Now that you are already married, you have some breathing room about when to hold the celebration. You can decide to make it on the anniversary of your elopement, or it can be done three months later after your ceremony. It’s truly up to you and whatever your preferences are.
2. Pick a venue
You will want to book your venue as soon as you decide on a date! You are not just dealing with competition from other couples who decided to elope, but also from couples just recently engaged. Keep in mind when looking at all the wedding reception venues Omaha has: how many people are coming, what time of year you will be celebrating in and what overall vibes you want to give off.
3. Send out invitations
Since this is a reception only event, you do not have to worry about any hurt feelings from people not getting invited to the ceremony. Although you will want to make sure you have already told guests that you have eloped. You can choose to send out formal invites, or keep it more laid back by creating a Facebook event page. With your event page or invitations, you should also include your registry. It may be seen as taboo to include a registry, but a good way of including it can be to say, “While gifts are not required, those who would like to contribute to our future together, here is how.”
4. Avoid a ceremony reenactment
At first, it may seem weird to be holding a reception for guests who did not get to see you actually get married, but try avoiding a complete reenactment of your ceremony. Instead, you and your significant other can toast each other and recite your vows that way. You can also do a slideshow to show pictures from the elopement if you have any! These can be great ways to make people feel like they were there.
5. Decide what traditions to keep
Do you want to wear a big white dress? Do you want the DJ to announce you as you make your grand entrance? Do you want other people to give speeches? How do you feel about wedding games, like the shoe game? This is your reception and you can include (or exclude) any traditions you want!
Come and celebrate your reception at one of the best wedding reception venues Omaha has, The Club at Indian Creek. We have beautiful outdoor and indoor spaces for you to use, and you don’t have to be a member to book your event! Contact us to get started!