Part of being a budget-savvy bride is planning well to get the most out of your resources (money, time, emotional energy, etc…). And, that planning includes looking carefully at the wedding weekend as a whole.
Without a doubt, the pinnacle of the wedding weekend will be the wedding (followed by the reception) itself. However, the events leading up to the wedding are an important tool that can set the tone for the glorious event. Obviously, “Meet the Parents” is an example of wedding week gone awry. Here are a few things that I'm doing to make our wedding weekend as a whole memorable (in a good way, hopefully!)
Arranging time with our out of town guests. Because our wedding is on a Sunday, Mr. M and I are hoping to have some time with our out-of-town guests on Saturday morning. My MOH and a high-school friend are planning a simple brunch to visit with my college and high-school friends who are coming to town for the wedding. This will give Mr. M's mom and sister an opportunity to meet my friends, it will also ensure that I have an opportunity to catch-up with friends in a way I wouldn't have time to do at the reception.
Planning time with my family. The week/weekend leading up to the wedding, I want to make sure I have a special time with each of my family members. Breakfast with dad. Coffee with my brother. Getting my nails done with my mom. Marriage means saying hello to a new season of life, and saying good-bye to another. I want to make sure that I say good-bye well.
Crafting a meaningful rehearsal dinner. I think our rehearsal dinner will be an incredibly sweet time. I'm thankful Mr. M's parents gifted us a sum of money to use for the dinner, and that his mom is leading the way in taking care of the nitty-gritty details. We're renting out a little restaurant that's typically closed for dinner in the small town where we're getting married. The restaurant is a 5 minute walk from the chapel, and we'll fill the whole place. They'll open specifically for us, and set-up an all inclusive buffet. Although it will mostly be an opportunity to fellowship, Mr. M and I are writing a short speech to honor all those helping with our wedding.