Touch of Elegance Events has a reputation for creating incredible luxury weddings and events in New York and beyond. The team consists of Mala Bakshi and her assistants, all trained by Mala to infuse grace, style, and elegance into every event - beginning with a memorable welcome party.

Pro tips from Touch of Elegance Events...

A welcome party is a great idea to make your reception feel all the more intimate, as everyone has already had the chance to get to know one another. It's a particularly good idea to consider having one if you're planning a destination wedding and have a lot of out-of-town guests, or if you happen to have a few different groups of friends and families coming together for the first time. Here are some ideas to make your welcome party a fun event for everyone:

1) Make it an experience.
Show your out-of-towners a selection of activities from the area that shows off its local culture. This could be a wine tour or a favorite nearby restaurant that will provide everyone with a meaningful, yet casual welcome.

2) Plan a casual bar night.
You could make this welcome party a casual dinner at the hotel’s bar, restaurant, or a nearby favorite place so people can come and go as they please. This gives you a chance to say hi to everyone, but also gives people the ability to stop in and then rest up for the big day.

3) Late night fun.
Have a laid-back night after the rehearsal dinner that consists of crowd-pleasing, late-night snacks to make it a fun, relaxed night in.

4) Create a hospitality suite
Welcome guests to this suite with snacks, drinks, and a welcome basket with little things they may have forgotten to pack. This gives you an opportunity to welcome each guest, and doubles as a place to meet up with them throughout your wedding weekend.