There's the wedding
then there's the pre wedding celebrations, such as, engagement parties, bachelorette/bachelor parties, day after wedding brunch... and more!
On today's blog post, we're going to be talking about the etiquette of who to invite, when to have these specific gatherings, etc.
Usually, these happen pretty soon after you get engaged, but it truly depends on your wedding date, and how long you're planning on being engaged for! If you get engaged and already know when you're going to get married, make plans for that engagement party ASAP! After all, celebrating your engagement is a big deal, and is so exciting. But don't fret, an engagement party isn't totally necessary, especially if you have a budget you're sticking to... but also keep in mind that it doesn't mean it has to be extravagant with 100+ people. Keep it simple, celebrate, and get ready for the big day!
Bachelorette & Bachelor Parties
Now here's where it gets fun! We've seen it all - from big Nashville or Vegas trips, to lake days and BBQ sleep overs, anything goes! Do something that you WANT to do. You don't have to dress in white and get bottle service, and you certainly don't have to spend an arm and leg for this day / weekend. Work with your Maid Of Honor / Best Man, and let them know what you desire. We usually see the bridal party and a few extra friends that are invited to these fun shindigs.
This is also known as the rehearsal dinner. Yes, the rehearsal is important and so much fun, but the dinner doesn't have to be a mini wedding the day before the big day. We've seen couples order pizzas and eat while they set up (if the venue allows this) and that is so much fun! We've also seen extravagant wedding rehearsal dinners that half the wedding shows up to, and that's fun too, but adds more to your plate. Allow us to to take the stress off of you.
Post Wedding Brunch After the wedding day, you may not be to fond of meeting everyone due to a hang over, or just from being exhausted, but the option of a post - wedding brunch is there! Again, it can be simple and be held at the hotel guests are staying at, or a home - or a restaurant! Make sure you coordinate what you'd like with your planner so they can get all of that ready to go for you.
All in all, these events aren't necessary, but they do get everyone excited for the big day. It's the most important day of your life, so why not celebrate?! Having a wedding planner can help you stay on track with your budget, so make sure to book one!
With love, Jubilee Weddings and Events