Q: My fiance and I are both 31 and we want an intimate wedding ceremony but a fairly large wedding reception. We have decided to have a ‘weddingmoon’ at a Sandals resort and have a post wedding reception five days after we return. We have been dating for four years, this is his first marriage and my second and neither of us have any children. How do we word our invitations? Do we register for gifts? Is it proper to have a wedding cake at the reception?
A: It would be fine for you and your fiance to host a belated reception to share your happiness with friends and relatives, who did not attend the wedding. Usually, because a belated reception is often several weeks after the wedding and is therefore really a party celebrating a happy event, guests are not expected to bring gifts but only their best wishes. However, many of your guests will want to give you a gift as they would have had the reception followed the wedding on the same day. It would be helpful for those guests who do want to give a gift for you to register.
Also, it is entirely up to you whether or not you have a traditional wedding cake. While some couples choose not to have one at their belated reception, it is perfectly acceptable for you to have one if you wish. Enjoy your reception either way!
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