The Definitive Guide to Pre-Wedding Events and Parties

Guests chatting at a party next to a buffet

Planning extravagant events can be very stressful, which is why you should let your friends and family take charge of all the festivities and events before the wedding. Once they are in charge, you shouldn’t have to do much work for them. As the future bride and groom, you can always point your family and friends in the right direction regarding decor and activities that have to be held before the wedding.

Engagement Party

The engagement party is always the kickoff start to the many festivities that will be following before the big wedding day. Usually, most engagement parties are hosted by either one or both sets of parents of the bride and groom. A close family relative can also be in charge of hosting this special event. In most wedding scenarios, engagement parties are mainly cocktail parties held at a small restaurant or backyard of a house. It does not have to be something out of this world.

This event is a way for close family and friends to express their excitement for the future married couple. It’s very practical and a great way for both families to formally meet and interact since they will be spending a lot more time together before the wedding day. After the proposal, the engagement party should follow no later than four months after. The day you choose your wedding date, is the day you and your family should start planning for the engagement party. Throughout this event, everybody will be asking where and when the wedding will be held, so having a few facts lined up about the wedding is very helpful!

During this party, guests are not required to bring gifts, but some do so anyway. Invitations for your engagement party should be kept short and simple, people that will most likely be attending the wedding should recieve an invitation to the engagement party.

Friends opening presents at a bridal shower

Bridal Showers

Similar to baby showers, a bridal shower is a great way to show just how happy you are for the bride-to-be, showering her with gifts for her future home and lifetime partner. Typically, bridal showers aren’t meant to be stressful, they consist of fun games, refreshments, and food. Bridal showers can be hosted by the future bride’s mother, sister, or close relative. Female cousins, aunts, close friends, and other relatives all attend this special event. During this festivity, the future bride can open the presents her guests have brought.

Bridal showers are supposed to be easy going and stress-free for the bride-to-be. Socializing with family and friends is always a good way to start off the event. Once the games and fun quizzes have started, small incentives can be given to the winners. Bridal showers can be held up to six months before the wedding. The journey to marriage is a long one with many events and festivities along the road. The bridal shower should be held closer towards the wedding so guests don’t feel they have to attend so many events in chronological order. After the fun bridal shower comes to an end, it is recommended for the bride to hand out small goodie bags and write thank you notes to everyone that attended the shower.

Bachelor and Bachelorette Party

Whether you’re a fan of social media or watching tv, bachelor and bachelorette parties have been portrayed as an event where the groom and bride can get “wild”. These small get-togethers don’t always have to be insane though. There are many different ways to throw a bachelor and bachelorette party. A bachelorette party is a girl bonding event where a group of the closest friends and family to the bride can attend. Sometimes these group of women prefers to go on a weekend getaway to Las Vegas or a certain spa that will relax them from all the stress of the wedding. Typically, the maid of honor is in charge of the bachelorette party. Not everyone is interested in a wild experience. Something small, convenient, and relaxing is always a convenient way to go.

Bachelor parties are much easier to decide on. The best man is in charge of all the preparations and details for this event. If the groom is not interested in a typical night of male shenanigans, then a normal night out with the boys will do. There are so many things the groom and his friends can engage in. Concerts, bars, sporting events, and camping are all great ideas for a bachelor party. These options are also great for consideration for a bachelorette party as well. These particular parties can be held up to a month before the wedding to let out any stress that is piling up due to the wedding getting closer.

Many events that lead up to the wedding can be stressful for the bride and groom. However, family and friends are always behind, supporting 110%. Sometimes the family side of the groom wants to throw different parties than those the bride’s family is planning. The main point for all these festivities and events before the wedding is to have both families communicating and getting to know each other. While these events can seem overwhelming to plan, usually different people take charge of planning and hosting the events. The bachelor and bachelorette party are always hosted by the maid of honor and best man. The engagement party is usually hosted by the parents of the bride and groom. The bridal shower is always hosted by the mother of the bride, sister, or close relative. All these events can take a lot of preparation but are specifically made for relieving stress before the big wedding day!

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