I just met with a couple who had a cool idea for their wedding. Since they have family and friends coming in from all over, they are having dinner BEFORE the wedding so that everyone can get to know each other. That way the actual ceremony will feel more personal and like a group effort. I love it!
One of my favorite weddings I've attended, as a guest, took place in a remote mountain town in Mexico. The guests were from all over the globe. We had cocktail parties and lazy breakfasts, groups broke off to explore the surrounding area, while some stayed in town. New friendships were formed. And, by the time the wedding rolled around, we felt like one big, happy, international family!
If you don't have the luxury of that kind of condensed time with your guests, I think a communal pre-wedding dinner is a great way to go! It would also help to ease the nerves, I think.
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