After our wedding we had a brief lunch with those who attended the ceremony and then we were off on our honeymoon. Then a week later we had the formal reception back home with family and friends.
Now this strategy of separating the wedding and reception has several benefits:
First, it reduces stress and exhaustion on the wedding couple who have enough going on that day without making it longer into the night with a reception. You'll want to boogie on your own way as soon as possible.
Second, it allows the bride to wear her dress on two different days. Because let's face it you spent a ton on that dress you might want to get more than one day's use out of it.
Third, the experience of the wedding is extended from the wedding itself to the honeymoon and then a reception before beginning blissful life together; the reception as a capstone of the festivities.
Originally posted by Sonian in Wedding Brainstorm on 25 Feb 2010