Post # 1
We are having a midwestern summer wedding, and we have people traveling from all over that we don’t get to see too often. I am so excited for everyone to visit us in OUR hometown and thus want to have several different organized get-togethers. However, I also keep thinking maybe I’m being far too ambitious and I am going to be too overwhelmed when the time actually comes.. so, tell me!
How many events are you planning or did you plan for your wedding week/end? What types of events did you plan? How many people did you have?
Post # 3
I am currently planning… we are getting our families together in Bourbon Country, KY, and none of us are from there, although a little more than a year ago DF and I drove through and toured some breweries, went to a monastery, etc., and we are trying to decide how to incorporate (and how much!) for when our guests come. We are having our families get together for 2 days, including the ceremony.
I personally feel like we should make some recommendations of where to visit and what we enjoyed and help different guests who might not normally hang out together be tour buddies if they want to do something like that… but that we should not have planned activities with the expectation that everyone will want to do them. DF disagrees and thinks that if people are coming from a long distance that we should entertain them. In the end, I think he’ll have to be happy entertaining those he’s worried about being bored/let down, and my family will be happy to chill out at the B&B and tour a distillery if they feel like it.
In summary, maybe you have some options at the ready but make sure that those who would rather relax or just visit with each other don’t feel like they’re missing out in doing that.
Post # 4
We had a lot of events. It was tiring and a little hectic, but it was all worth it and I wouldn’t change a thing! We had family and friends in from all over the country and the weekend meant we had lots of time to visit with everyone.
We had a semi-destination thing near my family’s cabin. The lodge nearby hosts wedding weekends so that’s what we went with. Almost everyone was able to stay onsite.
Here’s our schedule.
I did BM lunch at a spa with my maids and moms while we all got manicures.
A cocktail hour/appetizers gathering for the bridal party and a few close family members (a compromise to keep my MIL happy).
A welcome BBQ.
A campfire with s’mores- this actually got rained out 🙁
Open house as my parents place.
Post # 5
We had a "rehersal dinner" (if you call it that without an actual rehersal) the night before the wedding.
We had a pizza and beer dinner and it was exactly the relaxed vibe we were going for. We were able to have a great time and family who hadn’t meet yet got to mingle.
Post # 6
I am also in the planning stage…so far we are hosting an open house on the night before the wedding. It will be low-key, with fried chicken or hot dogs and burgers. Since the wedding won’t be until around 4pm the following day, I plan to include make a list of area attractions, hiking trails, etc. on our website and place it in the OOT bags. Hopefully everyone will have enough to do until the main event!
Post # 7
We are having what I refer to as a mini-destination wedding in the small town where Boy and I went to college. So our wedding is going to include lots of events, but most are still in pre-planning. There are a lot of activities, especially for people who have never visted the college (a giant, well known state school), so we will be including a guide in the OOT bags.
Right now, I’m most looking forward to planning:
- our bridal party bar-tour (the night before the rehersal dinner)
- the rehersal dinner at the football stadium
- the sunday brunch
And I’d love to do other things, but I don’t want to overwhelm the guests!