Post # 1
My wedding day is the same day as the Preakness (the horse race). Right now our ceremony is scheduled to end around 6:00pm and buses will leave from the church at 6:15pm and arrive at the reception site around 6:45pm (Wedding in NYC and not many people will be driving). One of my friends said, “we will miss the preakness because we will be on the bus”. I didn’t even THINK about a horse race when I was planning the wedding or bus schedule – I didn’t think any of my family or friends are big horse race people. But I looked it up and the race starts at 6:20pm.
Are people going to be late for cocktail hour because they want to go to a bar and watch the race? (There are no TVs at our church or reception venue). Does anyone really watch (or care) about the Preakness?? It’s not like it’s the Kentucky Derby or anything…
I guess people who want to watch the race could find a bar near the church and watch the race then get a cab to the reception venue? Should I put a blurb in the ceremony program or welcome letter about a bar suggestion? Or am I having a bride moment and way-overthinking things?
Post # 3
I think if people want to attend your wedding, they should forget about the horse race. If they would rather watch the race, they should RSVP No. As the bride, I wouldn’t worry about this if I were you!
Post # 4
If people choose to watch a horse race over attending cocktail hour that’s their choice (a stupid one but whatever). If they need to pay for a cab to the reception venue hey let them.
By The Way I don’t even know and have never heard of the preakness and would never miss a family member/friends reception for it!
Post # 6
Lol, when I first read your title… I immediately thought of the Kentucky Derby aka “The Greatest 2 Minutes in Sport” (that happens the first Saturday in May)
Ok, so the Preakness isn’t as well known…
BUT don’t kid yourself it is a HUGE event in the Horse Racing World… and the 2nd leg in the Triple Crown (the third is Belmont Stakes)
A lot of folks who watch the Kentucky Derby… or get caught up in the hoopla will want to tune into the Preakness just to see if there is a repeat winner (key element)
So in reality, more folks watch the Preakness historically than the Belmont Stakes
Lol, the Belmont might be more appropriately called “the what ??” than the Preakness
The GOOD NEWS is the event is a mere 9 Furlongs (just over a mile in length) and from start to finish is just over 2 Minutes (Thoroughbred horseracing often referred to as “the fastest 2 minutes in sport”)
So even if you make an allowance for it enroute… it would be over before you know it (guessing that instead someone in your Bridal Party will have an IPhone / IPad with Wifi… so as to have a connection to hear / see the event as you guys travel along)
Personally, I wouldn’t worry about it too much,
Hope this helps,
Post # 7
never heard of it! you are definitely overthinking this!
Post # 8
If people are *really* that into it they can watch it online after the wedding. They won’t have heard the outcome anyway because they’ll have been at your wedding all night! Don’t worry about it.
Post # 9
It’s a 2 minute race…if they want to watch it that badly, guess what, this is what smartphones are for. I’m sure some website will be streaming it. There will also be replays. Your wedding should be your guest’s priority.
Post # 10
I watch all the Triple Crown races, but that is because I’m a horse person. If I were your guest I would just DVR it.
Post # 11
I think you are overthinking this. If your guests want to come to the wedding, they will be there. They can miss Preakness. If they want to know who won, they can always pull it up on their phone afterwards.
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I think most people won’t care, but even if 10 people miss the cocktail hour, does that really matter?
Post # 13
I would not worry about it. There will always be some sporting event going on at the same time of your wedding that someone will be upset to miss. At the end of the day, they will pick whichever is more important to then. I seriously doubt that more than a handful of your guests will even care about the preakness. And I am willing to bet that a lot of them will still choose to miss it because they care about seeing you.
Post # 14
Don’t overthink it. The handful of people who care about it will figure it out on their own! You don’t need to REMIND people that something else big is happening on your wedding day!