The rehearsal dinner is perhaps one of the most magical moments of any engagement or wedding weekend. Your family and friends have convened for your wedding, all of the planning is done, and the air is heady with excitement for the big day. All that should mean one thing: You need the perfect playlist to set the mood - not just for the evening, but for the next three days!
Your rehearsal dinner doesn't have to be a stuffy three-course meal. Instead, rethink the typical sit-down dinner and come up with a menu that's a little more inventive and full of your and your groom's personalities. Steal one of these delicious rehearsal dinner ideas and yours might be just as memorable as the wedding itself.
If popular movies are to be believed, a bachelor party should involve three things: copious amounts of booze, strippers, and several bad decisions. But not every groom wants that clichГ© situation and the hangover of regret that comes with it. If you're a groom-to-be (or a fiancГ©) who'd prefer a more civilized bachelor party that goes beyond the usual drinks-and-bar outing, here are a few unique ideas to plan the perfect celebration.
Gone are the days when brides and grooms would celebrate their final single days separately with competing bachelorette and bachelor parties. For brides and grooms - and same-sex couples! - that share a lot of the same friends, hosting two separate parties may seem like kind of a waste of time - and a missed opportunity to celebrate with all their loved ones before the big day.
If you're looking for a low-key-yet high-vibe-bachelorette destination, consider adding Joshua Tree to your radar. The photogenic small town in California's high desert is located about an hour from its more famous low desert cousin, Palm Springs, and offers a charming, quirky (read: hipster) experience.
On the day before the wedding, you'll have a lot of things to do: Welcome bags to deliver, out-of-town guests to greet, maybe even a manicure-pedicure appointment with your bridesmaids. If the schedule is jam-packed that day, do you really need to have a wedding rehearsal? Or is it OK to skip it? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your rehearsal questions in our daily post.
He's popped the question, you've told mom and day, you've taken that #engagementringselfie, and now you're about to be planning the wedding day of your dreams! But before the details of the big day start to drive you mad, celebrate the fact the you're about to marry the love of your life with an engagement bash!
Your mother may very well be your best friend. So when it comes time to send out invitations to your bachelorette bash, it can seem downright unnatural not to add your mom to the guest list. But despite your bestie status, is that really a good idea? Andrea Ramsay Speers, psychotherapist and parenting coach, says you must first consider whether the relationship you have with your mother meshes with the type of bachelorette debauchery you envision will unfold.
In part seven of Catalyst Wedding Co. editor Liz Susong's new weekly column devoted to the feminist bride, she dives headfirst into the tradition of the bridal shower. Liz investigates here. There are two types of people in this world: those who love a good bridal shower game and those who hate them with the fire of a thousand burning suns.
Every bride, bestie, or maid of honor who's ever helped plan a bachelorette party weekend knows that getting the entire squad on board with one game plan takes more than a few emails and group texts. Whether you're planning on four, eight, 10, or more attending, it's inevitable that there's going to be at least a couple of bridesmaids who would prefer to head for a party destination and others who would rather just chill poolside (or on the beach) somewhere warm and sunny.
Wondering who should give a toast at your rehearsal dinner? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your rehearsal dinner questions in our daily post. Who usually gives toasts at the rehearsal dinner? Toasts are often the most memorable part of the rehearsal dinner, and unlike at the wedding reception, where the toasting order is planned in advance, rehearsal-dinner toasts tend to be spontaneous.
When it comes to bachelorette parties, there are tons of ways to celebrate the last hurrah as a "single" girl - that's a given. And for those maids of honor and bridesmaids looking to celebrate their soon-to-be-married BFF with a bit of male eye candy (cough cough, strippers) at the bachelorette celebrations, it's important to have a plan!
When it comes to planning a bachelorette party, your 'maids want to treat your bridal squad to an exciting and fun weekend. Luckily for the Texas bride, there is an assortment of great entertainment throughout the Lone Star State. Whether your taste involves dining at the variety of delicious restaurants or sipping wine from some of Texas' best vineyards, it's no doubt that spending your bachelorette weekend in one of these celebrated locations will make any pre-ceremony weekend as memorable as your big day!
Rehearsal dinners have evolved into full-blown events, but there's no need to stress out about planning your own. You've got less than 24 hours until you and your betrothed tie the knot. Family and friends have all arrived. Only one thing can keep you from having a major anxiety attack-a really fun party.
Whether your besties are an eclectic crew from all stages in life or a select few you limit to one hand, they're going to want to celebrate your status as the bride-to-be. And spending some downtime laughing with friends is exactly what you need in the weeks leading up to the big day, so go ahead and point them in the right direction with this round up of Chicago venues.
Today's brides are putting as much planning into the events leading up to their wedding (like their bachelorette party) as they are the big day. And while all those pre-parties are definitely upping the fun factor, they also require guests to shell out even more money to join in the celebration. According to a 2017 survey by RetailMeNot, people spend an average of $137 for food and $116 on alcohol for a proper bachelorette party.
Miami's legendary South Beach has long been on the map as a destination for fun in the sun and after dark, too, which makes it just about perfect for a bachelorette party weekend. One of the best parts of heading out for a South Beach bachelorette party? Every new hotspot that you might want to check out is going to be within walking distance (or a short Uber XL ride) from your hotel home base, so save those limo funds for something else you might want to splurge on.
With the approach of cold weather and the winter wedding season, it's essential to stay warm during the biggest celebration of your life. Cozy up to this list of some of NYC's coziest venues offering an equal balance of cocktails and relaxation for your wedding reception after-party, perfectly suited for any winter bride.
After the band plays the last song and the reception comes to an end, chances are you and your guests may not be ready to stop the party. Even though your wedding day is officially over, you can still have a killer after-party at some of Chicago's swankiest nightspots, all of which are open late, late, late.
Bridesmaids, maids-of-honor, and friends of the bride have a lot of responsibilities leading up to a wedding, such as planning a bridal shower. But should the shower host also give the bride a gift? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your wedding shower questions our daily post. I'm hosting a shower for the bride.
It doesn't matter what kind of bachelorette party your bridesmaids are planning for you - you need an awesome playlist of songs to cue up during it! These days, ladies are moving past the standard, Hangover-style Las Vegas bash and doing spa days, paint nights, and lots more creative ideas that fit the bride's personality.