When we decided to open The Chandelier of Gruene, we knew we were building a wedding venue on a foundation of love. We wanted to design a place that not only honored the decades of marriages in our families, but would also become a place for our couples to establish their own marriages and begin their happily ever after. In so many ways, The Chandelier of Gruene has been a dream come true to us and watching our couples celebrate their wedding days has been better than we ever could have expected. Along side that, we also have to admit that part of the initial dream behind starting The Chandelier of Gruene was about the magic of weddings. We love the joy that they bring. The celebration of so many people together. The elation of an event you’ve imagined and planned for finally coming to life. The culmination of your engagement. We could go on and on.
We really like weddings.
You’ve all heard us say it’s ultimately about the couple and the marriage, and that will always be true. But we also know that this period of your life – your engagement, wedding planning, and the honeymoon stage – can be one of the most jam-packed, memory filled adventures of your life.
So, how do you make the most of it?
When most people consider wedding planning and the events surrounding it, they think about a bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and the wedding itself. These are the time-honored events that we’d say most couples have in some way as a part of their wedding. But, what most people may not realize, is how many other events also exist. Whether you want to have one event or one event every weekend, here’s a list of some of our favorites. Some may seem redundant if you tried to do them all, but they’re a great way to pick and choose based off of the wedding experience you want to have.
Typically held 1-3 months after the proposal, an engagement party is a great way to kick off all of the wedding planning festivities. If you already know who your bridal party is going to consist of, it’s also a great way to get them together to ask in person or introduce them to one another to kick things off.
While not technically something you’re throwing, this is still an event we think you should attend so we’re adding it to the list. Wedding fairs or venue open houses are a great way to meet local vendors, get inspired for your day, and generally get excited about the wedding planning process.
Traditionally an all-female event honoring the bride, bridal showers typically consist of a meal or heavy hors d’oeuvres, sometimes games, and gifts chosen from the registry. About 75% of couples have either a bridal or couples shower.
Much like the bridal shower, a couples shower only differs in the fact that both the bride and groom – and thus male and female guests – are present. Interestingly enough, while most bridal showers take place during brunch and lunch hours, couples showers are typically held during brunch or in the evenings.
Around the Clock Shower
Around the clock showers are a themed spinoff for a bridal shower. While there are a lot of different themes, we’re calling out this one because it specifically effects the type of gifts that are given at the shower. Each guest is assigned a time of day and chooses a gift that corresponds. For example, a guest with an 8am time may gift bath towels for your morning shower, a guest with a 12pm time may give a panini press, and a guest with a 9pm time may give wine glasses.
Stock the Bar Party
Similarly, stock the bar parties are a common theme for couples showers. Instead of choosing random registry items as gifts, guests bring alcohol or hosting themed items from the registry, like bar supplies, serving platters, and charcuterie sets.
Are you a bride planning on DIY-ing a lot of details for your day? A prep party may be perfect for you. Get a group of your best girls together, set up some snacks for fuel, throw on some music, and knock out your details together in an upbeat setting. As a side note, these are also known as nesting parties for any of our couples that are now having babies.