Post # 1
Bees I am in a pickle in regards to how to get guest to my ceremony.
I am having a very small wedding. My 26 guest are all staying at inn where the cocktail, dinner and dancing will take place.
The ceremony however is on the other side of a small street behind the Inn’s vineyard. So to get to the ceremony location guest have to do a 10 min max walk. They would leave the Inn cross the small (not busy road) cut across the garden and tasting room and then have to walk on the dirt road next to the vines. Once there they will walk through the vines (2 minutes I timed it) and arrive at an amazing Oak Tree where we will do our vows.
I bought Dr. Scholls rollable flats for all the women. And those will be in a basket w a sign so the women leave their shies5 before hitting the dirt road or when leaving the inn. (We have booked the whole inn so no one will steal their high heels)
The question is. Is it too long of a walk? Should I provide transport from the inn to the vines? They still would have to walk through the vines.
What do you ladies think? Any ideas. I gave gotten quotes for transport and they are over 200. For 2 trips and the 20min wait while we do the ceremony.
Post # 2
I think if it’s a 10 minutes, enjoyable walk, it’s fine. And it sounds like it will be pretty! I think you went above and beyond by buying flats. I wouldn’t be too bothered by this walk, only if it was raining or snowing or somehting!
Post # 3
I’d walk no problem. Half the time the walk from parking at event facilities is a decent distance anyways. (So nice of you to go the extra step and get the shoes! Very thoughtful.)
Post # 4
I agree, it will be fine. So long as you communicate to guests beforehand that there will be a walk and not to wear high heels until later, I think the walk will be fine and quite enjoyable. You might have to ask some people to bring umbrellas to the inn in case it rains though
Post # 5
Are any of your 26 guests older? Are there any guests with health considerations? Will anyone who is wearing heels potentially be wearing a dress, skirt, or pair of pants that is hemmed to go with heels that are several inches high and whose garment would then drag on the ground if the guest changes into flats? Are you still planning to hold your ceremony in this location even if the weather has involved rain (potentially resulting in mud)?
If so, I would arrange for transportation. Assuming half of your guests are women, and assuming you spent $10 on each pair of Dr. Scholl’s flats, you could return the shoes for a refund and cover more than half of the $200 transportation costs with these funds.
Also, you did not mention whether or not you plan to have chairs for your guests at the ceremony location. If not, I definitely would not also require guests to walk to and from the ceremony site.
Post # 6
Brielle: the two moms are the oldest and my brother could drive them to the car.
I can’t returb the shoes because even if I hire transport it will only take them as far as the entrance through the wine vines. You cant fit even a golf cart through them. So they will have to qear flats.
My own dress will drag ince I take off my heels. I will just hold it for 2 minutes. While I cross the vines.
Post # 7
ptocruz: I’m sorry. I should have realized that you couldn’t return the shoes even if you had transportation to the vine area.
Post # 8
ptocruz: Your guests will be fine with that short walk.
Post # 9
I would let the guests know about the walk so that they can dress accordingly, and recommend all guests wear comfortable shoes for walking. The flats are a nice idea but not everyone will take advantage of them (are they supposed to carry their normal shoes with them? Do you know their shoe sizes?). I don’t think 10 minutes is an unreasonable walk but it’ll work out better if you let them know in advance. Also make sure there’s signs posted along the way so they know where they’re going; even if it’s impossible to get lost, it’s stressful to have a tight deadline and not know for sure that you’re going the right way.