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Do's and Don'ts for AHR

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#1 Kayciep

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    Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:36 AM



    I am brand new to this forum.  I tried to find the answers to my questions on here, but I couldn't seem to find a thread that covered it all.  So if I am repeating someone else, please direct me to the correct thread.


    I will be having my destination wedding in Las Vegas.  Two weeks after we return we will be having our AHR at a really nice banquet hall here in town.  I will be inviting about 150 people (all family and friends) and I was wondering if we could still have a 'normal' reception.  I will not be wearing my wedding dress, but I did find a really cute short wedding dress I will be wearing that is only $80!


    My main concerns: Can I have a first dance with my husband?  Should we do flower/garter toss?  Should we do a dollar dance?  Should we register for gifts if we're not having a wedding shower?


    I would like to do all of the above, but I am not sure what the etiquette is here.  At the reception we will be showing the video of our wedding, and also doing about a 6-8 minute photo slideshow while the guests eat dinner.


    Any ideas are helpful!  Thank you.

    #2 andrea14321

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      Posted 11 August 2012 - 10:24 AM

      You can do whatever you want!!!! It's your wedding!  I am getting married in Jamaica and am having a formal reception when I get home.  In jamaica, I am not doing anything.  Just the 20 minute ceremony and then changing out of my dress.  So, back home, I plan on doing a first dance, bouquet toss, and all that stuff.  I am even wearing my dress.  Basically, I am doing a formal reception, just no ceremony.  Whereas in Jamaica, I am doing a ceremony, and no reception.  

      #3 jbascetta209

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        Posted 11 September 2012 - 05:23 AM

        I think you can do anything and everything! The only things I would.omit, (which are basically money savers) are the fancy transportation & fancy flowers! As far as the set up of the reception, if you're lucky enough to have one in paradise and one with friends it family that couldn't make it, enjoy & do it twice! :) I plan on doing this as well... We have a huge Italian family and they expect a lot out of our weddings... I am almost relieved at the excuse of not having to plan a wedding here! We are getting married at an Eco park in Mexico (xcaret) and having a party back home upon our return (about 3 weeks after). Good luck with everything! :)

        #4 kmmathes

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          Posted 29 January 2013 - 07:26 AM

          What's a dollar dance?

          #5 Mufin1785

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            Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:32 AM

            Originally Posted by kmmathes 

            What's a dollar dance?

            The male guest line up to dance with the bride and the females with the groom. Each guests gets a short (few seconds) dance with either the bride or groom after pinning money to their clothes or a member of the bridal party collect in a decorative bag.

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