We have watched as the wedding industry has grown and changed so much, in a fantastic and intriguing way! This has really been an incredible change, as vendors and creatives have been forced outside of the norm, and asked to bring something different to the table. That’s because brides are really starting to think outside the box when it comes to their special day. They want something customized to their personalities, wants and needs, instead of accepting the socially customary. There are still brides who the love classic and traditional. However, there are others that like change and creativity. Let’s visit one aspect that will change the flow of the wedding, in hopes of bringing inspiration to all.
The wedding luncheon can be a way to take the time to thank your family and friends for all of their love, support and continued help throughout the ceremony and reception to follow. As much as we love seeing appreciation given to the wedding party, there can be a better way. Adding a luncheon to your pre-wedding celebration is adding on unnecessary stresses to not only the bride and groom, but also the wedding party being thanked. There are other options to thanking those needed, so let’s take the luncheon out of your wedding checklist. Save yourself, and others, the stress and time, and replace it with some other equally captivating and sophisticated options.
A rehearsal dinner is the ideal opportunity to thank and receive your guests. Your rehearsal, for obvious reasons, is much more laid-back and intimate. This provides the perfect atmosphere for families to get to know one another before the wedding. Stretching your rehearsal out another hour for good food and a thank you speech, is more than acceptable. If possible, there is always an option of having the rehearsal a few days before the wedding, instead of the night before. This allows for even more recouping before the big day, which will be gratefully welcomed by your attendees, and another added “thank you”.
Let’s not forget who the wedding is about. The wedding is not about making the guests happy, it’s about the bride and groom getting married and spending the rest of their lives together. Guests are invited to share in this special day with them, and this is a privilege. This is something that is being forgotten, so providing dinner for all of the guests at the wedding seems essential, though, it’s actually redundant and costly. With all of the hustle and bustle of the wedding day, the bridal party is very busy and doesn’t get many opportunities to eat. The break in-between the ceremony and reception provides just that, a fantastic opportunity to engage in a private dinner for close friends and family before all of the guests arrive for the reception. This will be a refreshing and much needed addition to the day. Take this time to supply the cherished meal of the day, and thank them for all of their hard work. If this is the route you wish to take, just remember to make the reception later in the evening. This will give sufficient time for all other guests to eat their dinner before dancing the night away at your event. Instead of the dinner for all the other guests, provide a dessert bar or smore’s station, because let’s face it, that’s much more popular anyway. It saves money, and that costly food doesn’t end up going to waste.
All of the revitalizing changes made to weddings the last couple of years are exciting. The wedding dinner prior to the start of the reception will create a stress free flow for your day. Enjoy your wedding day and utilize all of the ways you can better the flow for a perfect event!
By Lindsey Murphy, Photos: M. Felt Photography
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