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How to Plan the Ultimate Wedding Welcome Party

Greet your guests with a fabulous bash before your big day

Gone are the days of stuffy wedding rehearsal dinners, Millennials and  Gen Z couples want something more exciting, more in keeping with their upcoming nuptial experience. Taking the form of quirky cocktail parties, elaborate activities and informal cuisine options, the wedding welcome party integral part in saying ‘I Do’.

Why are wedding welcome parties so popular? Quite simply a well planned welcome party ma wedding days run a lot smoother. Not only do they set the scene for upcoming celebrations bi they give couples the chance to welcome family and friends in an inviting, informal setting.


Tips to create the best Wedding Welcome Party

Welcome parties are not only a great way to introduce guests to each other but also provide the opportunity for you to introduce the culture and local cuisine of your chosen destination.

Ideally your welcome party should give guests a glimpse into your wedding style making them yearn for more. Try to keep he idea or theme of your welcome party in line with your actual wedding celebrations.

Keep in mind, welcome parties don’t have to conform to any traditions, take your guests on an experience, hire a local musician, book cooking lessons, or simply indulge in the regions wine.
Utilize your location to its fullest to make your wedding stay unforgettable from the onset.

When to host Your Wedding Welcome Party

Welcoming guests the day or evening before the wedding day is a traditional stance, even when it comes to weddings abroad.

Hangovers aside, you want to greet your guests when they arrive at your destination and the welcome party will set the scene for their entire stay.


Where to host your Wedding Welcome Party

It may sound a tad obvious but your actual wedding venue. Many venues offer welcome parties as part of their wedding packages not only accommodating these needs but surpassing expectations to create epic mini events. Informal garden BBQ set-ups, Pizza parties and Pool parties are a great option.

You could also consider hosting your welcome party in the resort, boutique hotel or villa you are staying at (if this differs from your wedding venue) they all make excellent places to celebrate. Try not to travel too far from your wedding venue or accommodation, the main objective is to make it as logistically easy and comfortable for your guests.

What to spend on your Wedding Welcome Party

This all depends on your intentions, extravagance vs low key informality. Nobody will or should expect anything apart from meeting the bride and groom-to-be, so you can dictate what part of your wedding budget to spend on your welcome party.

From providing several bottles of prosecco and chatting through the evening to hiring entertainers and taster meals or platters, your outlay will depend on your guest number, the location you have chosen and the finer details intended.

Keep your Welcome Wedding Party authentic

Authenticity is the back bone of a great wedding welcome party.

Where possible use local cuisine and traditions, it will give a more authentic feel to your wedding welcome party allowing guests to relax in their environment and to build excitement for your wedding celebrations.

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