My fiance and I are planning to elope to Colorado in September. I didn't really think about having a reception... but when I talked to my close friends most of them said something along the lines of: "That's awesome! I hope you have a reception when you get back because I am want to party/celebrate with you!"
So now I am kind of loving the idea of a celebration! We are going to have it in January so that people can have time to plan for it and we can send out combination invites/announcements.
I do NOT want to give the impression that we are just doing this to get presents! The whole idea of this elopement/celebration is that we are doing something nontraditional. I really just want to celebrate our happiness with our friends and family.
What "reception" elements should I include? There will be a meal and dancing, but is cake a good idea? Or the father-daughter dance? Should we make an entrance?
Most importantly, what do I wear?! My elopement dress is short dress, but it's still pretty wedding-y. It just seems tacky to wear it again. Should I wear a normal white/cream dress? Or just go with an evenging/cocktail gown?
Any input is appreciated!