Welcome parties are a fairly new trend in the industry. Brides are hosting a party the night before the wedding, in addition to the rehearsal dinner, to welcome out of town guests and friends to the weekend of celebration.

Make sure guests are aware of the welcome party by sending a separate invitation, adding a info card to your invitation suite, or by including it on your wedding website!

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Attend a Sports Game

Are you and your fiancé sports fanatics? Celebrating with your guests at a sporting event could be a great option! From a minor league baseball game in the spring to an NHL game in the winter, there are options no matter when your wedding is. Most teams offer discounted tickets for large groups, so consider purchasing a ticket block or a suite. Make sure you have guests RSVP, a great opportunity to utilize your wedding website, so you know how many tickets to purchase ahead or time, or allow guests to purchase their tickets through a link on your wedding website.

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Have a Pool Party

A pool party is a great way to cool down in blazing summer months. Serve refreshing signature drinks, light snacks, and don’t forget the beach balls! Pool parties are very versatile, so they can be hosted mid-day prior to the rehearsal dinner or in the evening afterwards.

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Host a Competition

Divide your guests into teams for a cornhole, pickleball, or golf tournament! This is a great way for guests to get to know each other with a little friendly competition. Consider having a prize or trophy for the victorious team! While this would work best in warm weather, it can also be done in the winter months if you can secure an indoor court.

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Rent Out The Couple’s Favorite Brewery/Winery

Enjoy a relaxed evening after your rehearsal dinner with drinks and your favorite people! This allows guests to drop in at their convince or as soon as they arrive in town. Serve hors d’oeuvres that compliment the beer or wine that is being served.

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If you are planning a wedding in Roanoke Virginia, Richmond Virginia, Fredericksburg/Northern Virginia, The Shenandoah Valley, Coastal Virginia or in Charlottesville/ Lynchburg Va. we can help with your wedding planning and ideas.

The author: Natalie

Natalie is a Vinton, VA native currently pursuing a journalism degree at Virginia Tech. She loves planning, and has a specific interest in all things to do with weddings. In her free time she enjoys reading, journalism, and traveling. Her post-grad plans are to pursue a career in magazine writing and design.