(Closed) Spending time with OOT Guests

posted 8 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re doing a big BBQ at our house for our rehearsal dinner and inviting all of our OOTers. By doing the BBQ thing we’re able to afford to invite everyone, since almost our whole guest list is oot.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We are having alot of OOT guests and one thing we are doing is a sports game night. I am going to buy the tickets ahead of time and thne whoever wants to go can pay us. My FI is really excited about this and for anyone , ie me and his sister, who do not want to go are going to go to the movies or dinner.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

we had a big rehearsal lunch with all of the oot guests the day before the wedding. i also stayed at the hotel with lots of the guests the night before so we all went to dinner then breakfast the morning of the wedding.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Big rehearsal dinner on Friday. Everyone is invited, we’re just grilling and making lasagna, nothing fancy.

I also invited women to come and have lunch with me Saturday morning.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I’m getting married on a Sunday.  We’re having the rehearsal and dinner on Friday, and so we’ve devoted Saturday to a combo OOT luncheon and bridesmaid’s luncheon (I’ve only got 3).  I want to just be able to spend time with everyone, and since we’re going to be in Charleston, hopefully encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the city!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I love the barbecue idea!  Our church holds its rehearsals on Thursdays due to Friday evening vigil, so only a handful of folks can get in that early.  For them, we are doing a crawfish boil at my mom’s house.  It’s casual, and that way, no one has to find another dress for yet another wedding-related event.  Plus, they’ll have to get down and dirty with the crawfish and shrimp, so hopefully it will be a nice icebreaker.  We’ll also have barbecue shrimp, gumbo, jambalaya, king cake…all the dishes that make New Orleans, New Orleans.  We’re also staying at the same hotel for the wedding night, so hopefully we can spend time with people that way.  In addition, we’re including a “Things to Do” section for them on our website and in their hotel welcome bags.  For those who don’t leave until Sunday evening or even Monday, we’re planning on taking them out to lunch.  It’s crazy and I wish I could do it all at the same time.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m not much of a people person myself so I’m not planning on spending time with a lot of people around the wedding because I’ll already be so stressed.  Our wedding is at sunrise so we can’t have anything before and we are leaving on our honeymoon after the reception.  My plan is to decorate the night before, so I don’t even have time then.  We can’t afford to invite everyone to the rehearsal dinner either.  Which means out mingling time is very limited.  Instead we are going to spend time with anyone who comes early before the rehearsal and then my FI and both our immediate families will spend time with the OOT guests while I decorate.  So while they won’t get too much attention, they will get attention during our 5 hour reception.  Sorry I can’t be any help.  I am pretty sure that most OOT guests don’t expect much time with the couple, they understand how busy they are.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

They were all invited to the rehearsal dinner. 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

This is a follow up to my previous post.  We had a rehearsal dinner on Thursday for those guests who arrived that day.  We left Friday open for people to explore on their own since many of them were leaving early Sunday morning and would lose both Saturday and Sunday to sightsee (since the wedding was all day on Saturday).  We tried to hang out with who we could on Sunday and Monday.  By then I was completely exhausted.

I had the website link w/ info but never got to the printers in time to print all the information.  Unfortunately, no one had read the website and texted us the morning of to find the shuttle information.  Sheesh.

I spent an extraordinary amount of time on setting up hotel blocks at two hotels, getting discount codes for airfare, listing restaurant recommendations and offering coupons for attractions.  No one seemed to read it except maybe one guest, and I felt like I wasted all my time and should have spent that time worrying about the actual wedding day details.

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