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#1 TheBHolders

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 06:01 AM

Hello,

 

All of my bridesmaids live in different states, and I mean, Maryland, New York, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Some of them know each other already, some dont. My friend from AZ will be in town for Thanksgiving, so I decided that I will have a girls night at my house the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. I talked to some of them and they all seemed excited for it. I only know one, will be out of town and shes very young (16) so, it's okay if she can't make it. 

 

So, I was wondering. If I should invite my mom, fiance's mom, and aunt (godmom) I would invite my stepmom, but I'm pretty sure she won't make it. I live 3 hours away from my family. 

 

I doubt my mom, will come since this will be an evening event. 

 

I tried googling and found some people ask for help on other boards like wedding wire, but the ladies there arent very friendly and I feel that since this is a destination wedding, this could be helpful.

 

I was going to make food and sangria.

 

I don't know if I should decorate my house in anyway special.

 

I also do not know what we should be doing, I don't want this to be awkward. Are there any games we can play or anything? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you


So far 79 adult guests + bride and groom + 13 kids = 164 room nights. Focused on planning without stressing.

 


 
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#2 calgarybride2015

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 06:24 AM

I think having a get together is a great idea. If you want to make it formal and decorate, etc you could but honestly just some snacks, drinks and girl convo would suit most ladies :)

I have my girlfriends over a lot just for fun.




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#3 TheBHolders

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 07:13 AM

OK great. Thank you @calgarybride2015 this will be the first time some of them meet and I want it to be as casual as possible. I hope it all flows together. I do think my bridesmaids will all get along quite nicely. It worked out, that a friend who I planned to ask to be a bridesmaid said "she better be a bridesmaid" after our engagement turned into "just send me an invitation" when I told her we were planning a DW. But, even though I was a little hurt, I think it worked out for the best as I really don't think she would mesh well with the other girls. I already gave them all their bridesmaid boxes (will post pics later). This would have been a perfect time to do that though :(. I don't really host events, or go out often so I may be thinking more than I have to.


So far 79 adult guests + bride and groom + 13 kids = 164 room nights. Focused on planning without stressing.

 


 
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#4 amanda2016

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 07:14 AM

Hello,

 

All of my bridesmaids live in different states, and I mean, Maryland, New York, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Some of them know each other already, some dont. My friend from AZ will be in town for Thanksgiving, so I decided that I will have a girls night at my house the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. I talked to some of them and they all seemed excited for it. I only know one, will be out of town and shes very young (16) so, it's okay if she can't make it. 

 

So, I was wondering. If I should invite my mom, fiance's mom, and aunt (godmom) I would invite my stepmom, but I'm pretty sure she won't make it. I live 3 hours away from my family. 

 

I doubt my mom, will come since this will be an evening event. 

 

I tried googling and found some people ask for help on other boards like wedding wire, but the ladies there arent very friendly and I feel that since this is a destination wedding, this could be helpful.

 

I was going to make food and sangria.

 

I don't know if I should decorate my house in anyway special.

 

I also do not know what we should be doing, I don't want this to be awkward. Are there any games we can play or anything? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you

I think a meet in great is a fantastic idea. Dinner, drinks and conversation. I would extent the invitations to mom-MIL and whoever else. If they can't make it atleast they don't feel left out. I think you should maybe decorate a little but not anything that would cost you a ton of money cause in the end its just a simple get together. Maybe theme it around your destination you picked for the wedding.. Beach theme. kind of thing.

 

Don't think of it as being akward chances are the night will go without a hitch and you will be so happy everyone knows of one another. Some games you could play are:

Two Truths and a Lie

Bingo

How Well Do You Know the Bride?

How Well Does the Bride Know the Groom?

 

Arts and Crafts Activities
Have a supply of papers, pens, paints, etc. and ask guests to write and illustrate either their favorite memory of the bride, their best marital advice, or a recipe. After present opening, ask each guest to read or explain their project, then have the maid of honor gather the pages into a scrapbook.

 

My Favorite Memory..

 

If i can think of anymore I will add.. Have fun!!


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#5 calgarybride2015

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 05:16 PM

OK great. Thank you @calgarybride2015 this will be the first time some of them meet and I want it to be as casual as possible. I hope it all flows together. I do think my bridesmaids will all get along quite nicely. It worked out, that a friend who I planned to ask to be a bridesmaid said "she better be a bridesmaid" after our engagement turned into "just send me an invitation" when I told her we were planning a DW. But, even though I was a little hurt, I think it worked out for the best as I really don't think she would mesh well with the other girls. I already gave them all their bridesmaid boxes (will post pics later). This would have been a perfect time to do that though :(. I don't really host events, or go out often so I may be thinking more than I have to.

 

I don't see it any different than any other get together you would have with friends and family.

Just get some snacks and drinks ready, invite them over, and let the convo take over.

 

Good luck :)

 

I haven't talked to who I thought was my bestfriend (would have been my MOH) since June.... she never once talked to me about my engagement/wedding and I got engaged in April.  The friendship just declined after we got home from Cuba... so enjoy your ladies and family, and don't worry about the ones who aren't apart of this!


-Kim

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Planning Thread - http://www.bestdesti...s-riviera-maya/

 

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#6 Mangosong

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Posted 25 October 2014 - 03:25 PM

@TheBHolders I think a meet and greet sounds like a fabulous idea. I wouldn't invite the your mom, stepmom, aunt or MIL, only because you want the girls to get to know one another and they might be more shy and less outgoing if the "parental type units" are there. I think just casual and relaxed will be fine. Less pressure on you, less pressure on them.

 

I don't know that you need games, maybe something as a back up (maybe an impromptu dance party), just in case. But sangria sounds wonderful!


Edited by Mangosong, 25 October 2014 - 03:27 PM.


#7 TheBHolders

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 07:30 AM

Thank you everyone! We have a dance game for the XBox, maybe we can have an impromptu dance battle. I just dont want us all sitting there talking about the wedding. 


So far 79 adult guests + bride and groom + 13 kids = 164 room nights. Focused on planning without stressing.

 


 
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#8 Mangosong

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 08:45 AM

I don't see it any different than any other get together you would have with friends and family.

Just get some snacks and drinks ready, invite them over, and let the convo take over.

 

Good luck :)

This!

 

I don't think your guests are going to sit around and talk about your wedding. BUT, if you need an ice breaker, maybe you and each girl can talk about how you each met. The stories (from both sides) are usually interesting, if not hilarious.

 

We actually did this at my best friend from high school's shower and there were some really hilarious stories. Including how my best friend and her FI met, which I didn't realize until the shower was inadvertently my fault.






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