How To Plan Your Destination Wedding Welcome Dinner
A welcome dinner is the perfect event to kick off your destination wedding celebration. Not sure how to plan your destination wedding welcome dinner? We put together the best tips and ideas to get you started!
Welcome Event, Rehearsal Dinner or Both?
A welcome dinner or reception is an appropriate (and fun) way to greet everyone and launch the wedding festivities. This dinner can be simple, light fare with refreshments or an elaborate meal depending on the vision for your event. The welcome dinner should be structured very casually, allowing you to mingle with as many guests as possible. A welcome dinner helps to express your appreciation for your guests’ travel and time, and their importance to you as a couple.
If most guests will arrive early on the day of the rehearsal, you might combine the two events. Begin with a welcome reception and then lead leads into the rehearsal and dinner.
Alternatively, if only your wedding party will be attending your rehearsal, you can hold the welcome dinner the next evening to officially bring everyone together to kick off the main event.
The welcome night is your opportunity to put aside all of the rules and serve something completely different from you have planned for the wedding dinner. Planning a formal reception meal? Go fun and casual at the welcome dinner. Feature foods you enjoy as a couple, childhood favorites, or even better, a buffet of local dishes.
Interactive food stations are always a popular option for any destination event as well. With that, it will be essential to obtain any dietary restrictions and/or allergies from guests in advance to ensure accommodations can be made.
Spread the Word
The easiest way to spread the word regarding the details of your destination wedding is through a wedding website. You can even require passwords for certain pages if you want to keep some details to just wedding party members and make others available to all who is invited. Be clear, provide details and as much helpful information as possible. You may have a few guests who have difficulty accessing information online, so also make it available in printed form, if necessary.
Hosting a great destination welcome dinner is easy if you following these simple tips and keep the idea of expressing gratitude to your beloved guests at the top of your priority list.
Megan Velez is the Vice President of Product at Destination Wedding Travel Group, the world’s leading destination wedding and romantic travel planning company. Destination Wedding Travel Group, which encompasses GayDestinationWeddings.com, DestinationWeddings.com and LuxuriousDestinationWeddings.com, has worked with nearly 25,000 couples and half a million guests to plan dream destination weddings around the world.
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