A wedding is a joyous event, symbolizing a unification of two souls in unconditional love. The wedding is a huge event (that takes a great deal of planning), but you don’t have to wait for the big day to have all your fun! There are several pre-wedding parties that are traditionally held before the wedding day. These parties include the engagement party, the bridesmaids party, the bachelor party and bachelorette party, and rehearsal dinner party, to name a few. With all these wedding parties, you will need to send wedding invitations and ‘Thank You’ cards.
The engagement party is the first pre-wedding party. This party announces the happy couple’s engagement formally to family and friends and gives the families and future in-laws a chance to meet and mingle. Traditionally this party is hosted by the parents of the bride at their home, but there are really no set rules about who has to host the engagement party or where. An etiquette tip is to only invite those who will also be invited to the wedding. Party gifts are not appropriate an engagement party, but icebreakers and engagement party games, food and drink, and great party supplies and decorations are a must-have!
The bridesmaid party or bridesmaid luncheon expresses a bride’s appreciation for her bridesmaids’ participation and also gives the bridesmaids a chance to meet each other. It is traditional for a bride to treat her maids to a party, whether it is an afternoon tea, lunch, or dinner party. The party can be any theme, and be held at any appropriate location, such as a nice restaurant or the home of the bride. You can also use the bridesmaid party as an opportunity to schedule final dress-fittings and give out your wedding party presents.
The bachelor and bachelorette party are probably the wildest pre-wedding party you’ll have, depending on the personal tastes of the bride and groom. These parties are optional, but tons of fun! Traditionally, the bachelor party is a time when the groom can pass out his wedding party gifts. It is wise to schedule the bachelor party and bachelorette party a few days or weeks before the wedding, just in case the drinking and good times last well into the night!
A rehearsal dinner typically follows the wedding rehearsal, for members of the wedding party and any other special guests who are close to the bride and groom. Traditionally, the groom’s parents are responsible for the rehearsal dinner, but anyone may do the honor. The rehearsal dinner can be formal or informal, and held at a home or a restaurant. At this event the best man gives a toast to the bride and groom, and then the groom gives a toast to his bride and her parents. The bride may also give a toast to her groom and his family. If the attendants’ gifts have not already been passed out, now is the time.
Whenever you plan your engagement party, bridesmaid lunch, bachelor or bachelorette party, or rehearsal dinner, or any other pre-wedding party, make sure you have the best in wedding party decorations, wedding party supplies, and wedding party favors for whatever wedding party theme you choose!