Having out of town guests?
Not only is it proper etiquette to have a reception for your out of town guests, it’s also a good idea. Having a gathering for your guests before the big day will give you the opportunity to spend some quality time with them. It’s not often that so many of your friends and family will be all gathered together, so take advantage of this special moment.
A five hour wedding will go by in a flash and you will not have a lot of time to be the hostess with the mostest, trying to talk to all 100+ guests during the wedding and reception. Having a welcome reception will give you extra time to relax and enjoy chatting with everyone.
Also, when two families are coming together there are several new introductions that you will want to make. Welcome parties are a great opportunity for people to mingle and get to know one another.
Another suggestion for the welcome reception would be to make it a little less formal. This will allow all your guests to feel more comfortable, meet guests and make new friends before the big day.
To create a fun and relaxing atmosphere consider starting with a casual cocktail hour paired with some fun upbeat music, maybe a jazz trio or Sax player. Possibly, forgo assigned seating except for the bride, groom, parents and grandparents.
Also, consider food stations or a dessert buffet so guests have the opportunity to get up from their seats to move around and mingle.
Your wedding day is a day you wait for your entire life! To ensure you make the most of every moment, remember to relax and simply enjoy the company of all the people closest to your heart! Plus it’s another excuse to wear another fabulous outfit!