Post # 1
Is this called a “welcoming reception?” Most of our friends are local but not all of them know each other. Some friends/family are from out of town and also do not know many people. I’d like to hold a reception before the wedding (apart from the rehearsal dinner) to break the ice but I’m not sure when or how this can be done. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
Post # 3
Have you had an engagement party yet?
Post # 4
Even at a reception like this, I’m not sure I’d actively go mingle with strangers…=
Post # 5
My fiance is English and Swiss. With the exception of two cousins, all of his family is coming from across the pond. His parents visited last year and met my father/stepmom and my sister/husband/kids. Other than that, no one else from the two families has met or will meet until our wedding. My parents are throwing us an engagement party this summer, but we aren’t expecting any of his family to be there. We are marrying in Chicago and most of my family lives in GA or FL so we are treating it as a destination wedding.
I feel the same as you about breaking the ice, so we are doing the following for our wedding:
Friday night-Welcome Dinner
Saturday night-Rehearsal Dinner (although we plan to call it a Wedding Eve Party since we are inviting all of our guests)
Sunday night-Ceremony and Reception
Monday morning-Farewell breakfast
I am sure whatever you choose to do will be perfect. I don’t see any harm in allowing guests to mingle and meet before the wedding. In fact, I think it will make for a better reception on wedding day! I am somewhat shy, but even I get out there and start conversations with people I don’t know. For weddings it’s so much easier…”Hi, do you know the groom or the bride? Both? I was college roommates with the bride…so nice to meet you Mr. Co-worker.”
Post # 6
We’re having a welcome reception after the rehearsal dinner, which is just wedding party and family. Anyone else in town friday night is invited to the welcome reception, which will start at 8:00 (right after the dinner).