(Closed) Ask guests to walk?

posted 9 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1428 posts
Bumble bee

When my best friend got married 6 years ago, we all (except her & her dad) walked from our hotel to the church. It was probably about a half mile and it was soooo fun and wonderful. Like, there I was walking next to her hubby who she had been with for 10 years, and we were chatting away and laughing about being all dressed up.

I think it’s a wonderful way for guests to chit-chat and take a moment to relish the day and the celebration of your marriage. I say Do it!

Post # 5
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

It sounds like your wedding is going to be gorgeous! I think the walk will be beautiful and really add to the experience 🙂 If you don’t mind paying for a shuttle (or van) I would recommend getting one for the older guests, or anyone who maybe forgets to heed your comfy shoe warning. You never know who may wear shoes that give them blisters, which wlll then make the walk back less than fun. Or whether the weather will be unseasonably hot. But I would definitely spread the word and encourage people to walk!

Post # 6
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

It sounds wonderful. I think it’s fine to have people walk and it will be fun for most. Just warn them about the shoes. I wouldn’t want to make the hike in 4in. heels. 🙂 Maybe rent a golf cart for your older guests? 

Post # 7
754 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I was just going to suggest a golf cart.  Kate beat me to it.

Post # 9
2641 posts
Sugar bee

I was thinking about a golf cart too. 

So if people don’t walk, and there are only six parking spaces, what is the other option?  Is there another parking lot just a little farther out from the ceremony location?  If your guests only option is to walk, I think you should have the transportation.  I personally would not mind walking, especially since I’m not from CA and could enjoy the sights.  But I’m a walker anyway, so not sure if I’m objective anyway…

Since it’s only a mile and a half round trip, it shouldn’t be a problem for most people.  I know there are reception/ceremony venues around me that are parks, outdoor museums etc, that have big parking lots, but in order to get to the actual ceremony there is a walk.  That would never cross my mind as out of line.  (Although I bet they have golf carts for those who can’t walk.) 


Post # 10
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Walking sounds great to me!  I’d suggest guests to wear comfortable shoes, but you’re already doing that. And "meet up in the lobby at X time to enjoy a leisurely stroll to the location with the rest of the guests" sort of thing.

Your sea cliff sounds marvelous! 

You could also say, "if walking this distance is not feasible for you, please let me know and I will set up golf carts/shuttles for your convenience". I doubt most people will jump on the golf cart option unless they really need it, knowing everyone’s walking! it sounds fun! 

Post # 11
112 posts
Blushing bee

My sister got married on a cliff in Mendocino. She hired a shuttle to transport guests from a nearby parking lot to the ceremony site. I’m just wondering what the walking path is like? If it’s hilly or guests would be walking right on 1, I would avoid it.


Post # 12
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

One of my friends got married in a park a ways off the beaten path, and she had walking groups for the guests. She did get permission to have a few vehicles able to drive to the site though, and reserved those for elderly attendees or those who couldnt be taking a half-mile stroll.

Post # 13
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I agree, this sounds completely reasonable.

Post # 15
112 posts
Blushing bee

I just had to chime in on this one! The ideas you have already are great… posting info on your website, a van or golf cart for older guests…

As for encouraging the others to walk, I was part of a wedding a couple years ago where we all walked from the church to the reception site… Led by a Bagpiper! It was the coolest thing! (A husband of one of the bride’s friends, I think.) So I guess the idea is to make it an even in itself. A Wedding Celebration Processional! Even make a note at the bottom of your program (if you’re having them). The guest will end up having fun with it, it will be a memorable moment… and you’ll get some great pictures!

Post # 16
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think NC Gilrl has a great idea!  Have you ever seen those processionals New Orleans brides sometimes have?  Where the all the guests are led from the ceremony to the reception by a jazz band or or some dancers or a "master of ceremony"?  I always thought that was such a neat idea if your ceremony and reception are close…

Here’a a website explaining what I mean.  Apparently it’s called "second lining" and is popular for both weddings and funerals.  Who knew?!


Here’s some videos too:


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