Friday, June 8, 2012

Rehearsal Dinner

The rehearsal dinner is held immediately after the rehearsal. This event can be as elaborate or simple as you wish, but make sure it is not more elaborate than the wedding. The dinner should take place at a restaurant or club so that no one has to clean up the night before the wedding.

Traditionally, the grooms parents pay for the rehearsal dinner. If they live out of town, it is common that the brides mother make the reservations. It is acceptable for a godparent, friend, or member of the brides family to do the hosting of this event.

The guest list should include those at the rehearsal (including the officiant and spouse). You may also invite any out of town guests, friends, and family that you wish to include. Remember that the wedding is the next day and people should not drink excessively the evening before. You may also wish to give the attendants their gifts if you have not done so already.

Thursday, June 7, 2012


These parties are often very casual and all about the fun. Keep in mind that if alcohol is being served, the party should be held a week before the wedding just to be safe. No one needs a hung over bride and groom.

These parties often include a theme. You can also choose sporting events, comedy clubs, spas, a shopping trip, etc. Some fun things to do at a bachelor/bachelorette party include laser tag, paintball, gambling, golfing, bowling, or even camping.

Make sure to hire a limo or bus service to bring everyone around. Then everyone can enjoy themselves, and there doesn't have to be a designated driver.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


The bridesmaids usually give this party as a farewell to the bride, however it is not uncommon for the bride to plan this event as well. The luncheon often takes place at a restaurant or at home.

This is a great time for the bride to give out the bridesmaids gifts. You can also use this time to finalize plans such as scheduling final dress fittings.

Food and beverages for this event are simple and often include finger sandwiches and tea.

Sunday, June 3, 2012


Bridal showers are often given by any friend or relative who would like to hold a special event for the couple. The shower is usually not thrown by immediate family because it would be considered asking for presents.

Every bride is entitled to at least one shower. It is often the made of honor who volunteers to throw the shower, and the bridesmaids help.

This is the only time it is acceptable to include gift registry information in the invitation since the bride and groom are not sending the invitations.

Saturday, June 2, 2012


Parents traditionally throw the engagement party soon after the engagement. The party can be hosted together (by both sets of parents) or separately (by the grooms parents or by the brides parents).

Engagement parties are held so that the parents can introduce their child's fiance to family and friends. This is also a good time for the parents of both parties to meet if they have not done so already.