My fiance and I got engaged in April 2016 and are planning to elope mid-September 2016. We've found the place, booked it along with the photographer, and I got my dress - all is well there. We've decided to keep it completely secret until we're married. Our families are supportive of our elopement and our decisions to not disclose the time and place. My questions are regarding everything but the wedding! First, if we're eloping, do we still register somewhere to receive gifts? If so, how would we get that information out there? We are definitely having a reception. We want to celebrate, of course! How soon after the wedding should/could we have the reception? I know the folks from out of town will need time to plan. And finally, since we're secretly eloping, I'm guessing we forfeit the traditional protocol for bachelor and bachelorette parties?
This is the first engagement for both of us so we're looking for help with etiquette - or anything else that we simply don't know about! Thank you in advance for your information!