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Planned Parties

Who, What, When, Where, and Is a Gift Required?

Planned events from the engagement party to the belated reception

Type of Party    Who Hosts Who Attends When to Invite Gift? Note/Tip

Bride's parents, groom's parents, bride & groom or friends

Anyone being invited to the wedding 3 to 6 weeks in advance Optional depending on regional custom Only invite those who will be invited to the wedding
Bridal Shower Friends or family of the bride or groom Friends, family & future in-laws 4 weeks in advance Yes (if unable to attend no gift required)

OK to include registry information with invitation if on a separate insert

Bachelorette Maid of honor, bridesmaid(s), close friend or the bride Friends, bridesmaids, & relatives that the bride wishes to have with her 1 to 3 months in advance None required Keep budgets, schedules & the bride's tastes in mind
Bridal Luncheon Bride and/or her mother or the bridal party Bridal party, bride & mother of the bride 2 to 4 weeks in advance Good opportunity for bride to give gifts to bridesmaids Luncheon, dinner or time spent getting ready before the ceremony
Rehearsal Dinner Either set of parents or the couple Immediate family, grandparents, bridal party & their dates & officiant 4 to 6 weeks in advance No gifts Out of town guests don't have to be included
Belated Reception Either one of or both set of parents or the couple Anyone the bride & groom wish to have 4 to 6 weeks in advance Optional May be lavish or simple & the bride may wear her dress again


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