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7 Wedding Weekend Events That Will Make the Fun Last ...

Your big day is sure to go by in a flash, but by adding in a couple other fun wedding weekend events, you can help extend the excitement both before and after itโ€™s time to make your way down the aisle. Ready to get the party started? From welcome parties to group excursions, here are seven wedding weekend events guaranteed to make the celebration last at least a little bit longer.

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1. Welcome Party

Whether youโ€™re having a destination wedding or even just anticipating a number of out-of-town guests, a welcome party is the perfect way to greet everyone while kicking off what is perhaps the first of several fun wedding weekend events youโ€™ve got lined up. Worried about the extra expense? A welcome party doesnโ€™t have to be elaborate and can entail anything from a simple cocktail hour at a local bar to an appetizer meet-and-greet at your hotel.

2. Rehearsal Dinner

Another classic wedding weekend event, the rehearsal dinner allows you to enjoy a pre-wedding celebration with your wedding party and close family members. Just as is true of your welcome party, remember that the rehearsal dinner doesnโ€™t have to be an expensive affair, with couples going for everything from pizza parties to backyard BBQs. Some couples even choose to have a more inclusive welcome party in place of a rehearsal dinner, which is perfectly fine, too.

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3. Manicures & Pedicures

Unwind and enjoy a little extra time with your bridesmaids by scheduling a manicure and pedicure outing the day before the wedding. If it's allowed, bring along a bottle of champagne, and youโ€™ll definitely leave feeling relaxed and ready to get the celebration underway!

4. Bridesmaidsโ€™ Luncheon

Wondering what to do after getting manicures and pedicures? Why not host a bridesmaidsโ€™ luncheon as a special thank you for all of the girlsโ€™ love and support? This is also a great time to give them their bridesmaid gifts prior to the wedding, so donโ€™t forget to bring them along.

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5. Group Excursions

Especially popular for destination weddings, group excursions give everyone a chance to mingle and take in some of the local sights and adventures. Guests who traveled to Hawaii for my sister-in-lawโ€™s wedding, for instance, loved being able to take part in fun activities like a night snorkel and 4th of July BBQ. Check out the fun ideas in your own area for a weekend thatโ€™s guaranteed to be a complete blast.

6. After-Party

After youโ€™ve said โ€œI do,โ€ snapped pictures with your sweetie and danced with dad, itโ€™s time to sneak in a little extra excitement with your friends during the after-party! Thinking of hitting a bar? Going out to a club? Heading back to someoneโ€™s hotel room for drinks? Whatever you do, itโ€™s sure to be a great addition to all of the fun youโ€™ve already had during the reception itself!

7. Farewell Brunch

Your wedding day may technically be over, but that doesnโ€™t mean you canโ€™t still have one more round of fun with guests by hosting a farewell brunch the following morning. Say goodbye, share your thanks and talk about the amazing memories youโ€™ve made throughout your fabulous and truly unforgettable wedding weekend.

Are you planning to tie in any of these wedding weekend events? Which of those mentioned do you think sound the most exciting?

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