Post # 1
We’re having a very small wedding, almost all our guests will be family with a few very close friends. The first time our families will meet will be when they travel in for the wedding.
Parents might come at most a week before the wedding date; most of the other out of town guests will come in just for the weekend.
1. We definitely need to do a dinner with just the parents, so they can meet each other for the first time.
2. Then, should we do another party or dinner with all our wedding guests, one or two days before the wedding?
It feels kinda weird to do a bachelor/bachelorette, or an engagement party, or a wedding shower… and it’s not exactly a rehearsal dinner. Thoughts? What would you do?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We had a casual family brunch at my parents’ house the day before the wedding. All our aunts, uncles, cousins, etc on both sides were there. It was great – highly recommended. Our parents are really good friends with each other and some family members had met some other family members, but I think EVERYONE having met really made for a more community-rich feeling to the wedding the next day.
eta: We also had a Welcome BBQ for all guests that night in lieu of a rehearsal dinner, but it was cool to have had the family brunch already so that they all knew each other at the larger BBQ.
Post # 4
Our rehearsal dinner was open to all guests! We called it a “social BBQ”.