Any thoughts for where to wait before walking down the aisle?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
760 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

Could you set up some sort of tent? Or a way of hanging some curtains to make a visual block where you can sit and wait?

Post # 3
9526 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Where’s the parking? Where will the guests be entering from?

I had a similar issue, so let me tell you what I did, if that helps. I had pictures with teh bridal party at a different location prior to the ceremony. So me and my groom and the wedding party just hung out at the photo location and sipped some champagne until it was close to time for the ceremony. Then we drove (10-15 min) back to the ceremony location. We arrived about 15 minutes before the ceremony was supposed to start, so most people were seated or getting seated. We all walked to the only area that was out of view, which was behind the catering tent. There were definitely people that saw me walking from the car to the area behind the tent, but I didn’t really care about that. We all got ourselves in order and then the ceremony started and we all walked in from there. 

So, could you just hang out behind the bathrooms? Sure, some people may get a glimpse of you, but I don’t think that’s a problem. And definitely better than hanging out in an outhouse!!!

Post # 4
284 posts
Helper bee

What about waiting in one of the little alcloves of the rose garden? Perhaps the two directly ‘behind’ the Anniversary Plaza? Is there any way you could be dropped off by car, or perhaps walk the distance in more comfortable shoes and then duck down and swap to heels just before going down into the plaza?

Post # 5
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

i have a very similar issue… i’m having our transportation only drop me and the bridal party off like 15 minutes before the ceremony so i don’t have to be hiding out for too long. 

i also think maybe swap out more comfortable shoes for your walk?

Post # 6
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Sorry it’s really hard to tell from the map where you can hide since we don’t kmow how big or tall things are. if it helps, my ceremony is outside in a botanical garden and my girls and I will be waiting behind a large bush for like 30 minutes before the Ceremony. Haha. we will have chairs and refreshments so I think it will be ok. 

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