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October 8, 2018
Of all the moving parts that go into a wedding design, often the smaller details, the more intimate events are some of my favorites to plan. Not only do these special occasions give the bride and groom some special, extra time with family and friends, but they often come with less pressure, no stress and simply a sense of celebration. That’s especially true when you get to kick off a wedding weekend with an awesome party, like this one. Added to a few easy-to-remember steps, any bride and groom can set a jovial tone for their entire wedding weekend.
First off, plan a warm welcome. If you’re like most of my wedding clients, you’ve got friends and family traveling far and wide to celebrate with you. Hosting a welcome party allows your guests to feel honored, and to connect with other guests as the wedding festivities begin. Cocktail style, this tropical-inspired mini reception embodied a true vacation, so everyone could relax and hang out, right off the bat.
The next step: introduce everyone. The easiest way for a party to go off without a hitch is to create chemistry among your guests. So, create an environment that will allow your guests to meet and know who they’re partying with. Make unique name tags for guests to help them get to know the people they’ll be partying with all weekend. Putting guests at ease, pampering them and making them feel honored and welcome gets everyone in the party mood – and ensures they’ll be ready to help you have a memorable weekend.
I brought this particular party to life through bright, vibrant colors of organic green, sunny yellow and rich pink and illustrated the tropical theme through touches of luscious pineapple, spindly cacti and adorable succulents, as well as big, bold banana leaves. The unique mix of texture and color made the entire room come to life, the fluid mingling and easy conversation proved it!
Next, plan a creative menu, but keep the food simple. Rather than a formal, plated dinner here, guests stayed on their feet snacking on zesty tacos. This menu does double duty to keep your budget in check without having to limit your guest list.
Make your guests mingle. I love interactive activities that get guests hanging out, without them even knowing it. It lets them learn about each other and relax in a totally natural, organic way. We accomplished this with a unique tequila tasting, complete with Tequila Tasting Cards that allowed guests easy conversation starters and new knowledge of their liquor cabinet that they could carry home with them after the weekend ended.
Whether you cash in on this unique idea as your own rehearsal dinner, or you opt for something more traditional, these tips will keep guests entertained. Which is the most important step – set the tone for fun. A great party to welcome guests kicks off the style in which you’ll be celebrating all weekend. Cheers to that!
Venue & Catering – W Atlanta Midtown
Design + Planning – Michelle Gainey, Lemiga Events
Floral – C.Wayman Floral & Events
Linen – BBJ Linen
Stationery – Tiger Lily Invitations
Photography – Janet Howard Studio
Video – Joel Adrian
Makeup – Erica Bogart
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