The Year of the Wedding After-Party

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For many couples who had scaled-down, virtual ceremonies, this year is all about the second celebration — an in-person belated reception with family and friends, and Elite Marquees can help you every step of the way.

If 2020 was the year of the Zoom wedding, 2021 promises to be a year of after-parties.

Covid-era newlyweds who had to dramatically cut down their guest lists and exchanged vows via livestream are planning full-on second weddings. But with those plans come an awkward set of etiquette questions. Is it OK to ask virtual guests to attend an in-person reception a year later? Should you expect gifts? And what do you name this event? A vow renewal? An anniversary reception? A sequel?

According to a recent survey by the Knot, 32% of couples who planned to marry in 2020 pushed their receptions to 2021 or later. And a third of newlyweds who had both a ceremony and a reception last year plan to have larger, second celebration in the future.

While the etiquette of these post-pandemic receptions is unsettled, wedding planners and couples alike say these events provide an opportunity for loved ones to gather without the pressure of a wedding. Elite Marquees have a number of marquee solutions available for a belated wedding reception.

If you’re wondering whether to have a post-Covid wedding blowout, here are some things to keep in mind.

Anniversary Reception

According to our research, many couples are planning a reception on their first wedding anniversary. Almost like a first birthday party.

An anniversary party can include some of the traditions of a typical reception, but it doesn’t have to. This would be a couple’s opportunity to be creative in whatever way they want. They could consider writing new vows for a vow renewal, or simply presenting a recap of your ‘covid’ wedding.

And if you missed out on rituals like the first dance or cake-cutting, don’t be afraid to incorporate or remix them in the reception, like with an anniversary cake topper.

If you got married in private, without friends and family tuning in remotely, you have more options.

If you’ve already sent out multiple save-the-date and change-the-date cards, it can feel awkward sending more notices. You could opt to send digital invitations, with paper invitations to come a few months before the reception.For anniversary receptions, sending printed invitations to match the event’s importance might be a route you can take.

Gift-giving etiquette depends on your original plans. Did you already have a registry for a postponed or cancelled wedding? It’s might be fine to keep those gifts, but don’t create an expectation for guests to gift twice.

The big question on everyone’s lips is of course vaccinations. If you’re wondering whether it’s OK to require guests to be vaccinated: We believe it’s really whatever the bride and groom are comfortable with. They’re the boss

Anniversary receptions will tend to run a little bit more on the casual side, rather than the formality of a full-on wedding day. It could be a great opportunity to choose something more fashion forward. This might include a bridal jumpsuit or shorter dress.

Decorations, too, for a 1 year later event can be less formal. You are more likely going to see unique and interesting décor (hopefully in a marquee) come out of these anniversary receptions and sequel weddings, because it’s all about having fun and celebrating. Brighter colours, exaggerated florals, really cool lighting. – All something Elite Marquees can help you with.

Belated Wedding Celebration

If your special day was an unfortunate victim of the Coronavirus crises, Elite Marquees can help you recreate your perfect day later in 2021 in the form of a belated celebration. With restrictions continuing to ease all the time, a full return to normality has been pencilled in form June onwards.

Elite Marquees has several different solutions in order to make your occasion special.  

There are many different questions to be deliberated when looking to arrange wedding marquee hire.

What style marquee you prefer: white PVC marquees or see through marquees or what about a themed interior? Will you want windows and doors or completely open on one side? What type of flooring would you prefer? Where do you envisage the catering tent, portable toilets and marquee entrance?

These are all questions which can come up when deciding on the perfect Marquee set up and with Elite, the consultations are easy and efficient, leaving you feeling confident and assured.

Our wedding marquee hire marquees are available across the North West including Liverpool and Manchester.

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