It’s Wedding Wednesday!!! As many of you know, a couple who gets engaged usually has a few parties in store for them prior to the wedding. From engagement parties to bridal showers to bachelor and bachelorette parties. I’m here to help you understand the purpose of them and whether it’s for you. Yes, that’s right — you don’t have to have all these celebrations. It’s completely your call.
- Not necessary to have one
- Typically thrown by parent’s of the bride or groom
- Usually a casual setting, such as a backyard barbecue, or hors d’oeuvres (appetizers) and cocktails at someone’s house
- Takes place about two months after the engagement to six months before the wedding
- Guests invited should be limited to those who will be invited to the wedding
- Gifts are not usually expected
Bridal or Wedding Shower
- Held two to three months before the wedding
- Traditionally considered the responsibility of the maid of honor, but now a days anyone can throw you a shower
- Purpose is for close friends and family to shower the bride or couple with gifts to help set up their new home
- Can be women-only, co-ed or couples shower — the choice is completely up to you
- Attended by those invited to the wedding
Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties
- Arranged by the best man (bachelor party) and the maid of honor (bachelorette party)
- It’s customary that the groom or the bride does not pay for the party
- Can be held anywhere from a month prior to the wedding until the weekend of the wedding (Note: If the parties must be held the same weekend as the wedding, be kind to the bride and/or groom so they aren’t nursing a hangover on their wedding day.)
- Attended by your bridal party
- Some ideas include: road trips, a weekend away, spa day, a trip to the casinos, boat rentals and more. The options are endless when it comes to bachelor and bachelorette parties. Just hope that your best man and maid of honor knows you well enough, so it will be an outing you will enjoy.
Perhaps it’s just me and the way I am, but just a note to remember… after each party be sure to send thank you notes. Showing your gratitude and appreciation is always a welcomed gesture.
Being the planner I am and my love for weddings, I do my research. Today’s information was sourced from The Wedding Book, by wedding planner extraordinaire, Mindy Weiss.
Need some additional help on ideas for an engagement party or bridal shower? Just let me know. Tweet me at @seekyourbliss or @highlifesuite or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to help! As well, to get you started, here are some event, theme and decoration ideas below.
Looking for a theme for your engagement party? Try one of these.
I hope this helped to clarify the parties had in celebration of your wedding and provided some inspiration.