Out of State Bees: How did you manage pre-wedding events?

posted 2 years ago in Parties
Post # 2
Hostess
2920 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Here is what I did.  I fly into Chicago for a long weekend and I had my bachlorette party Friday night, mani/pedis with mimosas Saturday morning, and then my bridal shower Sunday afternoon. I registerd at BBB and some people shipped me gifts but most brought them to the shower. It was slightly inconvient but I had my mom return all the big presents to BBB and they kept track of what I received and returned on my registry list. I then either bought them at the local BBB here in TX or I ordered it online from BBB with free shipping directly to me.  I did not have an engagment party. 

Post # 3
Member
6026 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Skipping the shower is a fine idea. So is the ornament shower. If the rehearsal is the night before the wedding, I’d switch the Jack and Jill (aside: I’m assuming it’s just a coed party and not a fundraiser, which is what a Jack and Jill means in some parts of Canada) to happen during the day, before the rehearsal. BBQ and lawn games, etc. Whisky party the night before the wedding might not be the greatest idea ever. People will be nursing hangovers for the wedding if you host a whisky-centric event the night before.

if you go with the ornament shower, you may want to ask that guests stick to wood/metal/cloth/plastic ornaments which are going to be a lot easier to get home than delicate glass ornaments. I’d never put those in a checked bag and TSA will make you unwrap any that are in hand luggage if they look weird on the scanner machines.

Post # 4
Member
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We did shower/bachlore/bachlorett parties in the same day.  It wasn’t because I was so far away, but a few of the bridesmaids were, and my SIL works at a hospital and couldn’t ask off a ton of weekends.  It worked very well, and meant only one trip or weekend off for everyone.

I LOVE the christmas tree decoration shower.  I think the best shower gift I ever saw is my friends aunt giving her decorations for every season.   

Having seen the bachlore/bachlorett parties the night before the wedding,  I wouldn’t do it.  You end up with a bunch of crancky people on your wedding day.  Same with the Thursday before.  We have done that in my group of friends twice now and neither time I felt like the attnedies or the bride actually got to enjoy as everyone was thinking of all the things that needed to get done the next day, either work or wedding stuff.  I know I spent three days partially drunk because of it, and by Sunday I didn’t want to talk to or look at anyone. 

Post # 7
Member
30 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Church

Alyx19:  We are doing a golden BBQ theme ie all of the decor is gold but it is in the backyard and it is a BBQ. only local people are going and its mostly his family and my girlfriends because my family lives far away.

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