Stressing out!

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
1634 posts
Bumble bee

Depends! Do you want to do YOUR own thing? I would be tempted to “book” a few things like dinners or shows together (by book, i mean invite everyone but they would have to arrange getting there & buying tickets, etc.) but then going with the flow the rest of the time. I think if everyone booked at their own hotel, they likely want their own mini vacation. Sounds fun, I’m jealous!


Post # 3
3433 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Plan your itinerary well in advance and give all of your guests a copy, then let them pick and choose which events they’d like to attend.  That way, you get to visit with those who want to, and those who want to do their own thing wont feel obligated to go to every pre and post wedding event. 

Post # 4
673 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We had a DW too and found that we needed to balance out the amount of ‘together’ time vs. free time for guests since they were spending time and money to attend our wedding. Depending on how long everyone is there for, I would schedule a welcome get-together on the first or second day so that everyone gets to meet each other and socialize and then a farewell get-together the day before everyone leaves. Keep in mind that everyone will be together for most if not for all of your wedding day. So that basically gives you 3 events where everyone is together and if the vacation is 4-5 days, that’s plenty of time. You may make plans on the fly to meet for meals, by the pool or at a club but I wouldn’t plan these in advance or make them mandatory. 

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