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Southern Wedding Tradition: The Welcome Party

How to Entertain Your Wedding Guests: Host a Southern Wedding Welcome Party at River Forest Manor and Marina

Very seldom does a couple host a wedding where all of their wedding guests are locals. Most of the time when a couple plans a wedding, either they live in a new city where guests are traveling to see them, the family is living all over the states or world and are coming in from out of town or even the couple may be having a destination wedding. It is customary to have a way to entertain or host your out of town guests during your wedding. Whether that be inviting them to a rehearsal dinner, hosting a welcome party or another creative idea. Entertaining your out of town guests is a great gesture that allows a couple to thank them for making the trip to their special day. This couple treated their guests that spent time traveling to their wedding venue in the beautiful riverfront town of Belhaven. They hosted a wedding welcome party at River Forest Manor & Marina. Check out this lovely Southern lawn party and all of the summer wedding details!

Couple at River Forest Manor and Marina for Pre Wedding Celebration, Magnolia Photography

River Forest Manor & Marina – A Southern Destination Wedding Venue in Belhaven, NC

River Forest Manor & Marina is a charming wedding and event venue in Belhaven, NC – to the east of Raleigh on the North Carolina Coast. The property is a 100-year old Southern Mansion that is perfect for a bride and groom to host not only their wedding and reception, but also their other wedding celebrations – like a rehearsal dinner. Not only is the venue perfect for wedding festivities, there are also a small number, thirteen to be exact, beautifully decorated rooms on site. This gives couple’s the opportunity to let close family and wedding party members a place to stay close to the wedding events. The landscape and scenery is also a wonderful place for a wedding welcome party at River Forest Manor.

Summertime Lemon Wedding Invitation Theme

Host a Southern Wedding Welcome Party at River Forest Manor, to Entertain Your Out of Town Guests

While it is customary to host out of town guests at a rehearsal dinner, some couple may want to either plan another event for a larger crowd or even in place of a rehearsal dinner. This couple planned a fun lawn party with food and festive drinks to entertain their out of town guests at their wedding site. There are so many Southern details. And we love the sunflower design for any casual summer wedding event!

Wedding Welcome Party with Southern Summer Details

The lawn party at River Forest Manor & Marina was complete with lemon theme decor to complement the summer season and beautiful green property. They had a fun beverage van, on site to serve signature cocktails and even had lawn games like cricket to entertain their out of town guests!

Couple lounging on couch at River Forest Manor for Portraits
Signature Southern Sweet Tea Drinks, Magnolia Photography

Entertain Your Out of Town Guests at a Good Old Fashioned Wedding Welcome Party at River Forest Manor & Marina

This super Southern pre-wedding welcome party at River Forest Manor & Marina was complete with a fun dance party on the properties patio! Live music is always a crowd pleaser when it comes to entertaining your out of town guests at a wedding celebration.

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