A wedding party is an official celebration usually held just after the end of a wedding ceremony as ultimate hospitality to all who have attended the wedding party, so the name wedding party: the happy couple get society, particularly to be married, for the very first time as husband and wife. The wedding party is also called “the bride's bash” (in British English), “the girls' bash” (in Canadian English) or “bride and groom's bash.” It is the polite term for a bachelor party. This party is highly organized by the best man or the best friend of the groom and can have different themes, depending on the interests of the attendees.
In most weddings, a wedding party is arranged around the bride's entrance. This is often decorated with flowers, streamers and other festive decorations to welcome the guests. Sometimes, a band plays music as the bride walks through the aisle. Bridesmaids and groomsmen typically wear tuxedos and other formal attire. A wedding party includes attendants such as the bride's maids, flower girls, bridesmaids, matron of honor, flower girl, page boy, ring bearer, and sometimes a DJ to play music during the ceremony.
During the wedding day, the bride is escorted by the maid of honor and other female family members towards the alter. The bouquet is then presented by the flower girl. The bride then makes her grand entrance and is followed by her mother-in-law and a number of friends. She then steps into the hearth and is formally welcomed by the groom and his parents. The wedding party then enters the church and is seated around the altar where the groom delivers his vows to his bride. The usher gives the band noise instructions and the band performs special foot and dance songs.
There are different traditions attached to the wedding party. In some weddings, the bridal party may gather for a candlelight dinner before the wedding ceremony in which all the ladies dine and share romantic stories. These dinner parties are still very much in trend today and are seen in most churches with traditional wedding party themes. In other weddings, the bridal party departs on an aisle walk where the bride and groom perform a walking hand reading of their vows to each other.
The bridal party also represents the bride's family and friends on the big day. When it comes to this part of the wedding party, people chosen to represent the family members often include the bride's sister or best friend. This is a very special and emotional part of the wedding party.
After the wedding ceremony, the wedding party goes back to the reception hall where everyone enjoys some beverages while watching the newlyweds dance the night away. Dancing is one of the most popular wedding activities for bridesmaids to take part in. They are usually seen dancing alongside the bride at these events. At some receptions, a couple will toss silk flowers onto the dance floor to further entice people chosen to be in the wedding party. Sometimes, a group of young people dressed up in disguises will chase the couples around the dance floor, trying to stop them from getting married.
The last part of the wedding party is the bride and groom's families. Often, a group of people chosen to represent the bride's family will sit side-by-side with the bride at the reception as the family of the groom tries to bid her good luck on the wedding day. It is not uncommon to see a bride and groom sit side-by-side with their families at the wedding. This is not so much a part of the wedding party ritual as it is just something that they chose to do as individuals. It is a nice touch that they put in to add personal touches to the wedding. Sometimes, the families of the groom and bride will sit beside the bride and groom at the reception just to help them out with small tasks.
Some traditions attached to the wedding party rituals include drinking at the bride and groom's expense, drinking at the groom's expense, or paying for the entire ceremony. If the bride or groom wishes to break from tradition, then they should make arrangements to pay for their own meal. A bottle of champagne may be presented to them for this purpose, and they can toast to their newlywed status with champagne as well. In most cases, this is done at the reception after the ceremony. In today's world, couples tend to keep things simple, and often choose to leave out the champagne toast in favor of a simple, “Congratulations! “.