Hello! Me & my Fiancee will be getting married in October 2017 at the Grand Canyon- we plan to make a big trip out of it, getting on Route 66 & stopping along the way to get married! We're both very excited about the idea, as we both have never wanted to have a formal wedding!
Our plan is to come home & have a "celebration" that next weekend- I'll wear my dress, he will be in his tux & we'll invite everyone we would have if it was a tradition ceremony. No gifts, just a regular reception after a ceremony without the ceremony.
I have a few questions & I believe I should probably separate them by forums but I'll give it a shot all here!
First, I do not know how to go about invitations! I have my wording down pretty well, but I don't know when exactly I would send that out. It's making me consider have the "celebration" a few weeks after the trip, instead of just a week. I wouldn't know how early to send it without confusing people about invites and what they'll be going to.
Also, I don't know how to go about having a shower. I wasn't sure if any one on here could give me some insight on if people would be offended by me "asking for gifts" but not inviting them to the wedding. But, people with destination weddings have showers, right? Not everyone can make it to the destination ceremony- which is kind of what this is! Can I still have a shower & follow the same guidelines as for the timeline of when to have it as well?
Thanks for any help I can get!!!