Post-elopement casual reception
I am looking for advice on what is appropriate for a post-elopement reception.
For starters, here is some background information:
We are eloping in PEI in a private ceremony with just us and our dog. My parents are northern european/scandinavian and where they are from, not having guests at the ceremony is the norm. This is how they were married. They are aware of what we are doing and support it 100%, but they want to host a celebration for family and close friends when we get back. So we agreed. As a side note he hasn't told his Mom yet...or his sister. His brother knows and is absolutely fine with it. He's waiting for the right moment to tell his Mom and sister. Hopefully they will respect our wishes and understand we want a private ceremony.
Our elopement is August 3rd, and the venue at the community where they live (beautiful outdoor gardens with access to inside in case in rains...full kitchen, bathrooms, etc.) is not available until October 2nd. Is it ok to wait this long to host the celebration? We're thinking of having a post card announcement/invite created that we will send from PEI (Message from PEI...We are now Mr. and Mrs. So and So). Would only go to those invited of course.
I guess I'm wondering if this type of reception is ok, or people will find it off putting? We are doing this strictly to celebrate with family and friends and plan on writing "Best Wishes Only" on the announcement/invite.
Am I missing some proper etiquette for this type of reception? Is there anything else I should know or be doing. I am not a wedding person at all so I'm a bit lost as to what to do. I mean do I need favours for guests?
We're planning an afternoon casual reception with catering (bbq style...nice and casual). There will be bocce ball and other games for guests to play. Like I said...really casual, just like us!
Looking for feedback on etiquette and ideas to make it a nice experience for guests.
Thanks in advance!