Post # 1
Well, we’re getting married in September and a lot of guests will be coming out of town because we decided to get married in my hometown. So the question is what should we do during that weekend? We don’t want our guests to be bored. My guy, who’s way excited about wedding planning (or so it would seem, maybe its just the hanging out with old college buddies), wants to do a softball game and cookout. His mom wants to split the genders and have a girls spa day and let the boys do the sports and cookout. I don’t see why this is a big deal-especially not now! I mean, we do have a year. Any suggestions on what kind of activities to provide for our out of town guests? Or how to deal with mother-in-laws and I can’t believer I’m saying this but grooms who might be a bit too impatient yet excited about the planning process?
Post # 3
I set up a paddle boat tour up the Mississippi river for my guest and gave them a list of things to do in New Orleans. I figured they could be tourist on their own for the most part.
Post # 4
my groom is obsessed with planning an outing to an orioles game during our wedding weekend. i seriously think it is the thing he is most excited about. we have a year too and i just don’t feel like dealing with those details just yet, but we definitely do want to entertain all of our OOT guests (and we’ll have a lot of them) and i like the idea of this being a whole weekend event. maybe your FI can take the reins on planning the softball game/cookout since he’s so excited about it, and then you won’t have to worry about it….or deal with his mother!
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant
We split up and did a bride’s event and a groom’s event cook-out/hang out event the first day when OOTs arrived. It was really great. People loved having it split so they could bond without being a “couple” and just hanging out. During the day people went to the beach since we were in San Diego. I think it’s nice if you have an event, invite OOT guests, and let them decide if they want to attend or not. People really appreciated not having to plan and just attend.
Post # 6
i rented an ice rink and everyone is going skating … but i’m from Canada, eh 😉
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 2011 - Oxon Hill Manor
The spa/softball activities sound great! I’m going to have to keep an eye on this post because we want to have a few weekend events as well. Since we’re getting married on Sunday and a lot of our people are coming into town Friday night and Saturday, we too have to come up with ideas to keep guests entertained!
As for your FMIL and soon-to-be, try to reassure them that there is time to plan these things out. Also, for yourself, remember that every idea won’t necessarily develop so just because they offer up a lot of ideas, it doesn’t mean you have to make them happen now.
Keep us posted!
Post # 8
@hotwings: your bride’s/groom’s events looked like a ton of fun and you made such a good point about people getting to know the “plus ones” on their own and not as the other half of their date. and i love your s’mores packets!