Deciding to marry your partner means you're signing up for more than just a wedding ceremony and reception. In fact, it's kind of like signing up for nine different parties, all designed to celebrate this important occasion.
While each is undeniably exciting, hosting a handful of events is no easy task. Here's the skinny on what parties you'll be organizing, planning, and just plain showing up for.
Engagement Party - Typically hosted by either the parents of the bride or the parents of the groom within 1-2 months of the engagement. Invitations are often extended to immediate family and a small group of friends.
Bridal Shower or Couples' Shower - Hosted closer to the wedding date and showers her with gifts. Close friends or family of the bride typically host this ladies-only soirée.
Bachelor Party and Bachelorette Party - Hosted by the groomsmen and the bridesmaids respectively, this takes place at least one week prior to the wedding.
Welcome Party - For couples hosting a weekend-long wedding, starts with a welcome party. This is typically set up as a cocktail party that all wedding guests are invited to attend.
Rehearsal Dinner - Traditionally hosted by the groom's parents this takes place one or two nights prior to the wedding. This event provides a great opportunity for toasts and speeches to be given.
Wedding Ceremony and Reception - Hosted by anyone — the bride and groom, one set of parents or both sets of parents.
he Engagement Ceremony is one of the Pre Wedding Ceremony in which the couple exchanges rings with each other. Therefore it is also known as the Ring Ceremony.
Celebrated by the Bride's family, the Mehendi Ceremony is an amusing ritual observance that derives its origin from the Traditional Indian customs. In this ceremony."
Indian Weddings signify much more than decorations, fineries, entertainment, wedding planners, mehendiwalis and flowers.
The traditional wedding speech order goes father of the bride, groom, best man and other toasts. However, lots of brides now choose to give a speech, as do the bridesmaids or maid of honour.
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