How to plan a wedding welcome party
If you have decided to get married away from your country surrounded by friends and family, you should think about planning a wedding welcome party for your guests.
WHAT IS EXACTLY A WEDDING WELCOME PARTY?
It is usually an informal party one or two days before the wedding. It is a way to gather all your guests in a relaxed atmosphere and, sometimes, when the families or friends of the couple don’t know each other, it is the best way to break the ice and get to know each other.
You can plan a welcome party also when, even if your wedding is in your same city, you have many guests from outside so it is a way to see them before your big day.
WHEN SHOULD YOU THROW A WEDDING WELCOME PARTY?
The best thing would be one or two days before the wedding so you can be sure that all or almost all of your guests have arrived and can go to your party.
HOW TO PLAN IT?
I advise you to have a simple and informal party in a relaxed atmosphere where your guests can enjoy laughing, dancing, eating and talking.
Also for decoration, I would choose something very simple. Candles and garlands of lights are the perfect allies to create a magical and at the same time relaxed atmosphere.
Regarding the food, I recommend for example a barbecue. Or a big paella with sangría if your wedding will be in this beautiful country, Spain.
WHERE TO THROW YOUR WELCOME PARTY?
The easiest solution would be in the same place where your wedding will be. But if you want to leave the surprise effect for the big day, you can find many restaurants or hotels that can rent an hall for your party.
IS BETTER A WELCOME PARTY OR A BRUNCH THE DAY AFTER THE WEDDING?
There are couples that prefer to meet their guests the day after the wedding, for a brunch all together, closing with a final flourish those exciting days.
But I think a party is much better before your wedding for two reasons: it brings together all those who already know each other and those who do not, creating an even more familiar atmosphere. And also because it’s very probable that the day after your wedding all are too tired to attend your brunch.
Are you going to plan your welcome party or will you see your guests directly on the day of the wedding?
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