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How long to wait for the AHR

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We're getting married February 8th (next weekend!!) and we're waiting until May to have our AHR which will probably just be a casual party at our home with catered food, beer and wine! :)

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We finally decided on 3 weeks after the wedding.

 

 

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We decided on 3 weeks as well... talk about stressful planning a wedding and a party right after. 

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We are doing ours 3 months after our actual wedding.  This is partly due to other weddings and commitments, but I like that we should have our video and pictures back by then to display.

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Same idea here...

 

Getting married January 8/2015 having the reception party January 24/2015 :)

 

I was worried about it being to late after as well, but wanna still have that just married vibe lol and a tan :)

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We got married Oct 20th in Jamaica and had our AHR on Nov 5th so 2 weeks. It was actually easy peezy. The restaurant we worked with were fantastic and a huge help so no stress there at all. We sent out the invites before we even left to get married because we needed an idea of the count for dinner. I'm on the side of not waiting too long after your wedding but that's just me. I know the winter makes it difficult plus holidays, etc. And we had a local photographer because I wanted the family pics that we missed out on in Jamaica, since it was just the 2 of us when we got married.

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I had the same question (how long is too long?)  I think a lot of brides are right that with a destination wedding there are really no rules or expectations.  We're thinking of getting married in late November (we're hoping for November 24, 2015) and we were thinking of having an AHR for those who can't make it to the wedding.  Our wedding would be so close to the holiday season I don't want to further inconvenience our guests and we also want to wait till we get our wedding video and pictures.  

 

We were initially thinking about having an engagement party instead of an AHR so those that can't go can feel like they are a part of something and to serve as an ice breaker for our families and friends.  The con against our engagement party is the time it takes to plan and the cost (we're both students till the end of summer).  Also we think we'd be in a better financial spot in 2015 which has greatly influenced our decision.  

 

I think we are going to decide to wait a bit to do our AHR.  Thanks for all the feedback and thanks for starting this thread.  It's been so helpful seeing what other brides are doing and realizing that I'm not on my own with my thoughts and questions.  My fiancee and I are the only couple in both our families having a DW in lieu of a traditional one.

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@@amarie4713 we're thinking of maybe having our at home reception after the holidays, probably in late February.  It gives us time to hopefully get our wedding video and pictures.  But most importantly it gives us enough time to save up for the AHR.  Most of the brides on the thread seem to be doing it about 3 months after the actual wedding so I thought that we might do the same too.  

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We are waiting 2 months to have our ahr, it'll be late February. Hopefully we'll have the photographs by then, and we can have slide show in the background.

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