I'm glad you all are posting about this! I'm actually having an at home reception and legal ceremony before the DW. Part of this is so we didn't have to bother with the blood test in Mexico, and also because we don't want people who can't come to Mexico to feel like they are missing out. This being said, we are putting more effort and money into the Mexico wedding. For the AHR, we are having an evening ceremony, we rented a hall and it will take place there. We want to have hors d'oeuvres served during our pictures and we are getting a DJ, professional photographer, etc. The ceremony will start at 7:30 then we will party all night. We're going to serve gourmet pizzas around midnight.
One thing that is important for me is to not feel like we are doing everything twice - I want Mexico to be really special and do all the special stuff once - father walking me down the isle, first dance, parents speeches, etc. But we still want to make the AHR feel like a wedding and special for those who are only attending that event.
Does anyone have any original ideas about how we can organize it so it's different than your typical traditional wedding? So far, we are thinking no head table since there's no dinner, I'm walking down the isle alone, very quick speeches (only 1 on each side, and we will give a quick one too).
Any advice, ideas, input would be so appreciated!