Your wedding ceremony and reception aren’t the only events that matter! When it comes to planning your big day, there are a number of pre-wedding events to consider. While your attention is rightfully mostly on your wedding day as your schedule quickly fills up with various appointments, your stress will lessen if you know the proper timeline of all the pre-wedding events so you’re better prepared and equipped to handle all the details. Need some help figuring it out? We’ve got you covered below.
The Engagement Party
The first pre-wedding event you’ll throw is probably going to be the engagement party. When you decide to host it is entirely up to you; maybe it’s the weekend after you first get engaged or a month after, but typically it’s within the first few months of engagement. There are no real hard and fast rules when it comes to throwing this type of bash. In fact, your engagement party will most likely be the most casual affair of your pre-wedding events. So relax a bit here! You’ve got a long journey ahead of you. Invite your favorite people, show off your new ring, and bask in the moment of your new engagement and the exciting things that are about to come.
The Bridal or Wedding Shower
The bridal, or wedding, shower is when you are showered with gifts! This affair is typically organized by your lovely wedding party three months before your wedding day, but sometimes it occurs one or two months before the big day. It really depends on what works best for the bride’s schedule. Some couples opt for a bride-only shower while others will prefer a wedding shower where both partners can be actively involved. Some might even decide on having both! It really depends on what you think is best (and how many gifts you think is too many gifts).
The Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties
The bachelor/bachelorette parties typically occur between two or four months out from the wedding day, but, again, it really depends on the bride and groom’s schedules, as well as what works best for those invited. For example, you might be inviting friends and family from out-of-town to partake in the festivities, so you’ll want them to have enough time and notice as possible. Usually hosted by the groomsmen for the groom and the bridesmaids for the bride, this type of event can range from a fun night out to a cozy weekend in.
The Wedding Party Luncheon or Brunch
Here, you and your partner convene with your wedding party over the wedding weekend or a day or two before the wedding. This is a good opportunity for the wedding party to meet each other if they haven’t done so beforehand, and serves as the perfect chance for you and your partner to thank them for their support.
The Welcome Party
This fun celebration happens after all of your out-of-town guests have arrived, and all the important VIPs are present. If you’re having a destination wedding, this party could happen days before your wedding as people settle into their accommodations. Otherwise, it usually takes place two nights before the big day. The welcome party is typically hosted by the bride and groom or their parents (not necessarily the wedding party) kicking off the weekend wedding festivities, and is usually a cocktail event where guests can mingle with one another.
The Rehearsal Dinner
Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner is hosted the night before the wedding, but it really depends on your schedule and how much shut-eye you would like to have before walking down the aisle. The rehearsal dinner is typically hosted by the groom’s parents, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s the last hurrah before the wedding, and is a great way to have some more intimate time with your loved ones. It’s a great opportunity to rehearse certain protocols of the wedding, and speeches and toasts are also made.
While celebrating with your nearest and dearest is a lot of fun, it can also be overwhelming with planning and organizing it all. By knowing the timeline of these pre-wedding events, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself more, which is the whole point anyway!