Post # 1
I will have family and some friends coming in from out of town. Are you required to entertain them the entire weekend? If so, what kinds of things do you do for them? Is it ok to have things that they have to pay for themselves?
Post # 3
I don’t think its your responsibility to entertain your guests the whole weekend but I may be wrong. I mean we can’t entertain them because we’ll be on our honeymoon but some of the guests decided to stay the whole wknd so I just wrote up a bunch of stuff for them to do and put it in the website. I included address, driving directions and phone numbers of all of the attractions. And they can do what they want!
Post # 4
Thanks, Jennifer. What about the ones that come in early?
Post # 5
I just created an online map that showed where the malls were and some of my favorite restaurants w/ a couple cheese tourist spots, too. I also invited the women to come to my mani/pedi w/ me, but not many came. Try: http://www.weddingmapper.com
Post # 6
You dont have to have stuff provided for them to do, but it would be helpful to them to give them information about the area and what is available for them to do. Maybe you can just do a little packet when they check into their hotel
Post # 7
Thanks, cannotwait…that map is awesome!
Post # 8
You dont have to but I plan on making an itinerary for my guest.
Post # 9
Thanks, PM me if you want my link for ideas…I tried to find pictures of the buildings, too, so people would be able to find it more easily as well.
Post # 10
I agree with others, on our wedwebsite I had a page listing fun things to do while in Dallas. We are having a post-wedding lunch for family/close friends still in town the day after. As far as those that come before, we will more than likely go out a few nights (this would mostly be the wedding party members and parents/grandparents), so prolly lots of lunchs and dinners.
Post # 11
I plan to put some area information in my Out of Town bags so people know where good restaurants and attractions are when they check into the hotel.
Post # 12
We placed maps with local shopping and recommended restaurants in the Out of Town bags. We only hosted a cocktail party the night before in lieu of rehersal dinner ( we had three people in our wedding party aside from parents and they were invited too) at a nice loungy bar close to all their hotels. Only Out of Town guests were invited and my immediate family (parents & sisters) which lived in town. The guys had a golf game that morning which was the “Stag’s golf game” which gave the guys something to do ( Most of the Out of Town people were males, since it was my DH’s friends, father, etc.) Other than that, I couldnt entertain. I checked into my bridal suite the day before and DIY’d flowers with my sister. I even missed my manicure appt before the wedding because I was so busy. Some guests think people should entertain but its really hard – unless you are doing some exotic destination wedding somewhere where everything is taken care of for you – its not possible.
Just lead them in the right direction – if your parents live in town, I believe it’s there thing to host and entertain – and although we paid for our wedding – my Mother-In-Law paid for the cocktail party, since its usually the rehersal the grooms parents pay for – so that really helped. The couple is too busy for that stuff – the groom might have more time and maybe can plan something with friends. ie golf game.
Post # 13
I think the Out of Town guests are invited to the rehearsal dinner, which poses a problem for me because everyone is Out of Town lol! I am probably doing a Pizza or Mexican rehearsal dinner (probably pizza because I LOVE pizza lol). I will also let them know that New Orleans and Bourbon street is two hours away if they want a road trip and a lot of plantations etc are around where the wedding is if they want a historic tour etc.
For Memphis you can make a little booklet, brochure, sheet of paper with info made pretty and put
The underground railroad info
The shopping that’s downtown at the Peabody Place (isn’t that what’s it’s called i forget…)