Post # 1
I just read the MSN article that shortcherriez posted about wedding guest gripes and eek! Our wedding falls under one of the guest gripes: There is a 2.5 hour gap from the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the reception. Any ideas on how to fill this gap? If it helps, my fiances family is flying into my home state (literally, cross country). I thought about hiring a bus and taking the guests on a tour of my city…but, I don’t know…if I were a guest in a new city, I’m not sure I would like to go discover the city in my fancy clothing…
Post # 3
I think a bus tour of Boston would be fantastic fun. Guests wouldn’t have to walk anywhere, so what they are wearing isn’t as much of an issue.
If your wedding is near any of the historic sites in Boston, then you might just give them a list of things nearby.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Yeah, a driving tour would be lovely, but really just giving people a list of things to do/places to go ought to be enough. Is a gap annoying? I guess. Do guests really care? Not if they love you. 😉
Post # 5
I’d recommend a Old Town Trolley Tour of Boston. I think it would be a great way to fill quite a bit of time, and it’s my favorite Boston tour. If I were a guest, I’d have no problem riding in a trolley around in my fancy garb. It would be much easier than walking the city in shoes not meant for big city trekking! You could also provide a list of the best sites you’d recommend in the city, but I bet the tour would be a big hit!
Post # 6
I’m in the meh category re: whether they’re annoying.
I kinda find it hard to figure out what I’m supposed to do w/ the time as an out of town guest. often times we go back to our hotel, or out for lunch or for coffee… But it is kinda awkward, esp. if you don’t know anyone else attending the wedding.
The flip side is that it allows you as the bride & groom more than ample time to get photos taken.
Is your ceremony far from your venue? It would be nice to consider cocktails for your guests while they’re waiting for you to return, if it’s in the budget that is? We hosted a cocktail hour for 1.5 hours then went straight into our reception. Mind you, we had both the ceremony and the reception in the same place.
Post # 7
They’ll get over it! Especially if they love you! 😀
Post # 8
Thanks for the sweet words! The wedding will actually be in LA so all of his family is coming from the Boston area. If the wedding were in Boston, there is oodles of stuff to do in a relatively small radius. However, as many of you know (or have heard), LA has terrible traffic so I hesitate to hire a bus for all of them – I mean, it could take an hour just to get some place and then an hour back…I personally don’t really mind the lag all that much, especially as I know that for many Catholic ceremonies, it is part of the equation. I just had a little freak-out moment when I saw the Guest Gripes.
We are having a cocktail hour before the reception, but I would not open the reception for the 2 hours before the reception…lol, my guests might be very inebriated by the time we showed up.
Finally, the hotel where many people are staying, church and reception venue are all within a 7 mile radius, so it’s not going to be like they can’t go back to their rooms and unwind for a bit. It also wont be terribly hard for my side to hang out in the area (since my side already knows the area fairly well).
So yeah, I guess 2.5 hours isn’t terrible…Thanks ladies!
Post # 9
2.5 hours isn’t so bad. You can have a cocktail hour at the venue if that’s possible. Send your OOT guests some closer places to visit just in case they do feel like sightseeing/shopping in their fancy clothes.