10 Common Wedding-Related Events and Parties to Know About

Weddings aren’t a dash—they’re a marathon. Past the ceremony and reception, there are lots of further alternatives to convey members of the family and family members in combination in birthday party, they usually every so often start the very day you get engaged. With lend a hand from two professionals, Ani Sandhu and Kaitlin Przezdziecki, we’re breaking down the whole thing you want to find out about the commonest pre and post-wedding occasions.

Meet the Professional

  • Ani Sandhu is the founding father of Ace of Events, a full-service luxurious tournament control corporate primarily based within the Washington, D.C. house that makes a speciality of South Asian weddings.
  • Kaitlin Przezdziecki is the landlord and lead dressmaker of Cheers Darling Events, a full-service tournament making plans and design company positioned in Washington, D.C.

Learn on to determine once they happen, who will get invited, and of the entire techniques those traditions are being tailored to fit fashionable {couples}.

Engagement Celebration

An engagement celebration is solely that: a birthday party of having engaged. Although it generally happens a couple of months after the proposal, it will probably additionally occur the evening of. Those “wonder” engagement events, that are every so often regarded as a separate tournament, are generally coordinated by means of a member of the couple popping the query and are extra casual in nature. Fast members of the family and shut pals might trip to wait the smaller-scale birthday party, however it’s maximum frequently attended by means of pals or kin that are living shut by means of to the place the proposal took place, or who helped coordinate the proposal. 

Be courteous when making an allowance for visitor lists for pre-wedding occasions. Those that are invited to any of your pre-wedding occasions must even be invited to the real wedding ceremony.

A extra conventional engagement celebration generally happens a couple of months after the proposal and can also be placed on by means of any person wishing to fête a pair. “We discover that numerous occasions, circle of relatives pals finally end up web hosting—a dad or mum’s highest buddy, group pals from formative years, and so on. Folks which can be principally circle of relatives, simply now not by means of blood,” says Przezdziecki. 

An engagement celebration can apply all kinds of fun formats and come with a variety of games and activities. Whilst items aren’t technically essential, Przezdziecki says it is a great gesture for visitors to turn up with one thing small. Her go-to: a cookbook tied to the town or vacation spot the place the couple were given engaged. 


In medieval occasions, when the daddy of a bride refused to offer a dowry for a wedding he disapproved of, neighborhood participants would acquire in combination to give you the bride with home items. At the moment, the custom of “showering” a pair with items for his or her new house continues in a bridal or couple bathe, which, in step with Przezdziecki, typically happens round 12 weeks sooner than the marriage. 

This sunlight hours tournament has historically been hosted by means of non-immediate members of the family of the bride (aunts, cousins, and so on.) or by means of participants of the bridal celebration. That mentioned, as with an engagement celebration, any person can host a bath—and there can also be a couple of. At the invite listing: friends and family which can be native to or in my opinion shut with the host that may also be invited to the marriage, in addition to participants of the marriage celebration. 

Showers can tackle many themes, come with fun games and activities, and are a possibility to proportion beloved food and drink traditions with family members that you just may not be incorporating into your wedding ceremony. Except in a different way specified at the invitation, gifts for the couple will probably be a part of the instance, and Przezdziecki strongly encourages attendees to stay with pieces on a {couples}’ wedding registry.

Bachelorette and Bachelor Events 

In bachelorette and bachelor events, brides and grooms historically acquire one by one—even though joint parties are no doubt commonplace—with their favourite folks to have a good time the final moments of singledom. What was once one evening of revelry has morphed right into a multi-day vacation spot affair that generally happens six to 8 weeks sooner than the marriage, with teams jetting off to locations equivalent to Charleston, Texas, New York Town, and Scottsdale.

“Making plans is no doubt a gaggle effort,” says Przezdziecki, who notes {that a} maid of honor or best man would possibly take level on coordination, with enter from the bride or groom and lend a hand from the remainder of the marriage celebration. The bride or groom will pick out the visitor listing, which generally is composed in their highest pals/participants in their wedding ceremony celebration, similarly-aged cousins or kin they’re shut with, and, sometimes, siblings in their long run partner. The birthday party frequently contains actions starting from low-key yoga classes to wild nights out, cheeky games (now could also be a good time for a lingerie shower!), and, on this age of social media, a variety of Insta-worthy outfits and ’grammable swag

On the subject of who pays, hosts and attendees aren’t anticipated to hide primary bills equivalent to airfare and accommodation for the visitor of honor. “In the event that they’re asking folks to trip [for the event], I don’t suppose a bride or groom must be expense-free,” says Przezdziecki. “Particularly as a result of, all the way through the weekend, they’re going to be getting beverages bought for them and folks could be protecting their dinners.”

Mehndi Celebration 

South Asian wedding ceremony celebrations are generally multi-day affairs. Throughout Hindu and Muslim religions, the mehndi, or henna, celebration is without doubt one of the maximum particular occasions for a bride. All through the mehndi, which is typically hosted by means of the bride’s circle of relatives, an artist makes use of henna dye to use intricate designs to the bride’s fingers and/or toes.  “It has advanced now to the place the households also are a part of this,” says Ani Sandhu of Ace of Occasions. “The mothers are getting it, at the side of cousins, siblings, aunts, pals.” 

With this higher staff, the rite turns into a soirée, and attendees can be expecting a birthday party stuffed with excellent meals, song, and vigorous dialog. In the event that they’re shut with the bride, they may be able to additionally be expecting to be there some time—“I’ve noticed brides sit down [for henna] for 8 to 10 hours,” says Sandhu, who recommends having the mehndi implemented no less than 3 days sooner than the marriage so it has time to totally darken.


The phrase sangeet manner “sung in combination” in Sanskrit, and it’s a becoming description of the birthday party, which sees members of the family sing, dance, and in a different way revel within the upcoming nuptials. “It’s like a welcome dinner, however with a variety of various kinds of delicacies and décor, and song—there’s a DJ or a band,” says Sandhu. 

For the reason that Indian subcontinent is stuffed with masses of subcultures and language dialects, wedding ceremony customs range in keeping with a circle of relatives’s house of foundation. That suggests who hosts and who attends a sangeet, at the side of when it happens and the way lengthy it lasts, too can range. 

“Now, generally what we see is that the bride and groom’s circle of relatives get in combination and host a [joint] sangeet the day sooner than the marriage,” says Sandhu. “That approach, everybody who’s coming from out of the city could also be in a position to wait.” 

Consistent with Sandhu, the sangeet can rival the marriage itself, with visitor depend creeping as much as 300, 400, and 500 folks, relying at the dimension of the marriage visitor listing. Some households may additionally mix the sangeet and the mehndi, or select to carry them at the similar days.


This Jewish ceremony—aufruf interprets to “calling up” in Yiddish—generally takes position at a synagogue at the Saturday sooner than the marriage or a Saturday a couple of weeks sooner than the marriage. In additional conventional congregations, the rite is reserved for the groom best. All through a carrier, the groom will probably be known as as much as recite a blessing known as an aliyah over the Torah (In additional liberal synagogues, the couple will probably be known as up in combination.). The rabbi then provides a blessing, and the couple is playfully showered with sweet—which symbolizes sweetness and fruitfulness—by means of the congregation as they go back to their seats. 

Because the aufruf is a part of a congregation’s common carrier, all of the congregation can technically be provide for an aufruf. Relying at the congregation, a pair may additionally lengthen a call for participation to participants of the marriage celebration and different shut family and friends who don’t generally attend that synagogue or Jewish non secular products and services normally. With a extra conventional aufruf, the groom or groom’s oldsters will coordinate main points with the rabbi, and in a while might host a kiddish, or reception, at a separate location.

Bridal Luncheon 

“That is extra of a Southern custom that has began to creep north,” says Przezdziecki. Often referred to as a bridesmaid luncheon, the bridal luncheon generally happens a couple of days sooner than, or the day sooner than, the marriage. It is a chance for the bride to precise her gratitude for and acquire with participants of her bridal celebration, at the side of any person else from her facet of the marriage that will probably be concerned within the rite (grandparents, junior bridesmaids, and so on.).

“It may be in point of fact informal,” provides Przezdziecki. “We’ve finished the whole thing from backyards to eating places. At a destination wedding, it will probably even happen on belongings the place the marriage’s going to occur proper sooner than everybody runs off to the practice session.” The sunlight hours tournament is generally hosted by means of any individual with reference to the bride, such because the mother of the bride or a favourite aunt or circle of relatives buddy, however can be hosted by means of a member of the bridal celebration and even the bride herself.

Practice session Dinner 

The practice session dinner happens the evening sooner than the marriage, generally after the ceremony rehearsal. At a Saturday vacation spot wedding ceremony or a marriage the place lots of the visitors are coming in from out of the city, Przezdziecki prefers to carry a smaller practice session dinner Thursday evening, after which time table a bigger, extra inclusive welcome celebration for Friday evening.  

In additional conventional heterosexual {couples}, if the bride’s circle of relatives is web hosting/paying for the marriage, the groom’s circle of relatives will host/pay for the practice session dinner. At the moment, even though, it’s moderately commonplace for the households of each participants of the couple, at the side of the couple themselves, to give a contribution financially to all primary wedding ceremony weekend occasions, together with this one. 

“Someone who is collaborating within the rite must be invited to the practice session dinner,” says Przezdziecki. “And make sure you come with your wedding ceremony celebration’s vital others.” Past this core crew, you’ll additionally need to come with grandparents, shut members of the family, and, if in case you have a robust dating with them they usually’ll be attending the practice session, your officiant

Personal rooms at eating places are a commonplace venue selection for practice session dinners, however so long as the locale isn’t too a ways or onerous to get to from the place visitors are staying, you’ll be golden. The aim of this fête is to permit for extra bonding time between the couple’s innermost circles—and, in additional conventional households, for the groom’s circle of relatives to honor the groom and thank the bride’s circle of relatives for web hosting the marriage—so get in a position for an evening of particular reminiscences, heartfelt toasts, and, sure, possibly even a roast or two. 

Welcome Celebration 

If nearly all of your visitors are touring in your wedding ceremony, a good way to precise your gratitude—and to make that trip extra profitable—is to incorporate a welcome celebration within the weekend’s schedule. Thrown the evening sooner than your wedding ceremony, this tournament can happen after and even instead of your practice session dinner.

For those who received’t be offering a complete meal, time table the development for later within the night time—round 7:30 or 8 p.m.—so visitors have time to seize dinner previously. 

Webhosting tasks generally fall to the couple or, in additional conventional cases, the groom’s circle of relatives or the circle of relatives now not web hosting the marriage. You’ll need to lengthen a call for participation to any person that’s on the town that evening and attending the marriage, and it’s completely OK to stay this tournament extra informal in nature—possibly it’s beverages at a bar or on a reserved patio at a resort—or to move with a a laugh theme. For those who’re operating with a way smaller staff, Przezdziecki additionally loves the speculation of doing one thing extra experiential. “We’ve had purchasers do field seats at a baseball (generic term),” she suggests. Different concepts come with a ship excursion or a wine tasting. 

Farewell Brunch 

In case your family members partied their approach during the reception and an after-party, it can be a slightly unrealistic to be expecting them to make small communicate throughout a sit-down meal early day after today. That’s why Przezdziecki’s favourite model of this tournament is a grab-n-go breakfast. “This manner, you’re getting to look their faces, however you’re now not asking them to dress [up again]” she says. “Visitors can pop in on their approach out, and there’s espresso cups to move, at the side of wrapped breakfast sandwiches and pastries.”

Accomplished on this taste, the development is generally hosted by means of the couple or the oldsters of the couple in a room at their resort for a couple of hours the morning after the marriage. They are able to select to open it as much as all of the wedding ceremony visitor listing, or stay it confined to participants of the marriage celebration and shut circle of relatives.