Pre Wedding Events
It seems that weddings these days are often much more than just a ceremony and reception. Welcome dinners and bridesmaid brunches and after-parties and farewell breakfasts—behold, the “wedding weekend” has arrived, in style! I suspect it’s at least partially related to the fact that so many more people travel for weddings these days, but I also just kind of like the multi-day royal event feel. Very Game of Thrones-y.
Nerding out over the best TV show ever aside, making sure our out-of-town guests had a great time was certainly a leading factor in our decision to schedule a few events around our actual wedding. A significant number of our friends are coming in from other states, so we decided our bachelor/ette parties might be most convenient adjacent to the wedding weekend. Therefore, on the Thursday before we get married, Benjamin and his squad are planning on attending a basketball game in Chicago and then going out in the city; while I felt the only place I wanted to spend my bachelorette was…wait for it…Milwaukee!
Last month at my very favorite MKE brewery, Milwaukee Brewing Co
Milwaukee is AWESOME. It’s low-key but also has a really decent foodie scene happening right now; it’s only an hour drive away from us; and most of all, I absolutely LOVE their numerous craft breweries. So the girls and I will be doing some beer-tasting and tours on Thursday afternoon, having a nice dinner, and then it’s back to Chicago in the morning.
After our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner (which will be very small), we’re planning on throwing a relaxed “welcome party” for all our guests at a local Irish pub on Friday night, where people can stop by for a drink and a snack and say hello. And then on Sunday morning, we will be hosting a farewell brunch at the hotel in which our families are staying, so people can grab a bite and say goodbye on their way to the airport.
We even included the schedule on our handy-dandy website.
Indeed, these events are certainly extra work (and ca$h money), but we just want to make sure that we can see our nearest and dearest as much as possible, since they’re coming all the way to Chicago for us!
Are you hosting any events besides your wedding? And tell me about your bachelorette!!