Great advice, what you did sounds awesome! My FI doesn't want to do an AHR, he feels that we are having our reception at our DW, so we don't need to do it again. I was torn, but now I'm just excited to get there
Originally Posted by iGotsGills
We did our AHR a week after we returned home from our honeymoon, but we made it more of a party than another wedding reception (we figured we did the whole shebang while we were away, and so we would celebrate it but not replicate it). We had 200 people, and we did a Sunday afternoon cruise on a yacht with cocktails and a lot of food. We had toasts, and that was it. We didn't even have assigned seating, except for limited mobility guests and the wedding party. All of the wedding party was identified by corsages and boutonnieres, and that was pretty much the extent of it. I didn't even wear my wedding dress; I wore a short ivory dress instead (I guess it could be classified as a "short wedding dress").
Here's my thought on the AHR: if you want the experience of having a larger reception, by all means have at it. The way I felt about mine, however, was that it was more for my parents. I was perfectly content with my DW reception (as was my husband, but he's actually glad we did the AHR now). In fact, I barely remember my AHR because there were so many people and I was busy running around trying to make sure I spoke with all of them.
Everyone did rave about it though, so it's nice that so many people were happy.