We all know that a wedding is a pretty big deal. The events leading to it are just as important. They set the tone for the wedding and give you the chance to spend some time with friends and loved ones. As the wedding date gets closer, you will have many events hosted in your honour. These are usually not stressful for the couple as they are planned and hosted by family members or friends. Below is a pre-wedding guide to these events so that you know what to expect. Read on!
1. The Bridal Shower
This is usually the first pre-wedding event it can be held as far as 4 months before the wedding. The bridal shower is hosted by the maid of honour or the whole bridal team. Most times it is a surprise for the bride. Some families choose to host a shower instead and this is okay as well. The bride’s close friends, as well as female relatives from both the bride and groom’s side, are invited. These days a bride can have as many as three bridal showers, so it is okay if some people get left out the first time round.
2. The Bridesmaids’ Luncheon
A bridesmaid’s luncheon is hosted by the bride for her wedding party. This is a chance for her to thank her bridesmaids for being part of the wedding and for any help they give her during the wedding preparations. Some brides give gifts to the attendants. Pre-wedding schedules can get quite busy and you may not get another chance to thank your bridesmaids. Use this opportunity to appreciate your bridal party.
3. The Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties
When people think of iconic pre-wedding events, this is usually what comes to mind. Traditionally, this was supposed to be ‘the last night of freedom’ but this does not have to be the case. These are best held two weeks before the wedding so that they do not clash with other pre-wedding events. Nowadays, some couples choose to have a combined bachelor and bachelorette party.
4. The Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
Each wedding needs rehearsal and most couples choose to have dinner afterwards. This allows all the guests to get acquainted before the wedding in a more relaxed environment. The groom’s parents are the ones that usually host this dinner. This relieves the pressure off the bride and her family and allows the groom’s family to feel involved as well. For a lot of couples, this is a close family affair and toasts and speeches are given in honour of the couple.
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