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The Essentials of Throwing a Wedding Party

By Charles Hopkins Published 12/14/2006 | Marriage

Throwing a wedding party will take some planning, some money, and some luck. Many times, wedding parties are planned in advance if there will be a large group attending. The first step toward planning a wedding party is to send out invitations. This will help determine the number of people that will be attending the wedding and the amount of food that will be necessary. When planning a wedding, give guests a month to respond to the invitation. After a month, it will be safe to give a count to the hotel or catering company that will be providing the food. This is also a good way to determine how much the food and drink will cost. There will be other expenses that will have to be considered when planning a wedding party, but food and drink is usually the most expensive.

After figuring out who will be attending the wedding party, the next step is to find a place to hold the wedding. Many hotels, vineyards, and other public places will be available. Many people decide where to hold the wedding before sending out invitations, but if the party will be held at someones home, it is best to find out how many people will be attending. When throwing a wedding party, it is important for guests to be comfortable. Finding a place that is big enough or small enough for smaller weddings will be necessary. Decide how big the party will be and then plan accordingly. Visit a few places to decide which one will be the best fit.

Deciding when the wedding will be is another essential detail when planning a wedding party. Let guests know whether the wedding will be an afternoon or evening ceremony. This will help people decide what to wear. If the wedding is in the late afternoon, the wedding party will begin afterwards. If the wedding is in the morning, people will want to go home and change into their evening clothes before the reception. There are no rules about when the reception should take place, but if the party will be held at the same place as the ceremony, many people will hold the reception after the wedding.

Wedding parties can last all night or they can last a few hours. This will depend on the religious and cultural background of those who are marrying. In many cultures, wedding parties can last for days. Usually the party will be taken to another persons home so that is may continue. Planning ahead of time for this type of wedding is also important, as people will need a place to rest. Out-of-town guests will need accommodations for when they arrive so that they can get ready for the wedding and also change after it is over. Many people will reserve hotel rooms for these guests.

While planning a wedding party may require an attention to detail and compromise, many people are able to plan a successful wedding that will be a memorial occasion for all who attend.