At one time, there was very little choice. You married in your hometown church or synagogue or in a local justice of the peace office. Now there are many options being chosen by engaged couples.
Church Wedding in the bride’s hometown still account for the majority of the ceremonies in this country, but there are other options that are growing in popularity with brides and grooms. We can give ideas about a variety of venues to explore. Here are some of the variations that I have seen.
Weekend Weddings – This is ideal for weddings that have guests, family and friends coming from all over the country. Making a weekend of the celebration makes it more likely that family will gather for a longer time period. Typically these start with a welcoming party on Friday evening following the rehearsal dinner to include out of town guests. If the wedding is on Saturday evening, a picnic luncheon followed by golf or tennis afterward is planned for the afternoon. The evening wedding and reception occur on a Saturday night and may or may not be followed by a gathering of close friends for an after party. Sunday brunch is usually held for out of town guests prior to departure. These expanded weekend celebrations really should be announced well in advance giving guests time to make arrangements to attend. For that reason, Save-the-date cards are encouraged.
Destination Weddings are growing in popularity. Some of the top locations chosen are beach getaways, ski lodges, cruise ships, and Disney parks. The guest list is usually much smaller and focuses on close friends and family. Typically guests pay for their own airfare and accommodations. The exceptions may be grandparents or other older guests who may not be able to attend for financial reasons.
Progressive Weddings - These are perfect solutions for couples that live in one part of the country while each set of their parents live in different spots. When travel to one spot would be difficult for guests, the bride and groom travel to the guests. The couple flies to the bride's hometown and is married there with a reception for her family's relatives and friends. Then the couple travels to his parent's home for a repeat reception for their family and friends. And finally, when the bride and groom are back in their homes, a close friend or the couple themselves may host a reception or friends who were unable to attend either of the other two. Many brides select a second more informal gown for the 2nd and 3rd reception parties.
Surprise Weddings - These are becoming popular especially among couples that may be marrying for the 2nd time. Couples send out invitations to a dinner party at a hotel or private home or cruise ship - or to a birthday party, a New Year's Eve party, a house warming or Halloween party. Nothing is said about a wedding. When guests arrive they have a glass of champagne and voila - a wedding takes place.
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