Post # 1
We are having a destination wedding, and nearby our wedding ceremony and reception venues, there is a wildlife park. My FI and I have been there before, and love it. They do great things for the animals, and being animal lovers, we would love to have that incorporated into our wedding. However, we we were unable to book this location due to budget restrictions. So instead, we are thinking of having a group party there (instead of a reception dinner/brunch).
My question is, should a group activity like this be done the day before or after the wedding? Everyone invited to the wedding, will be invited to the park; they would just need to rsvp to this beforehand, I am thinking doing this with the invite?? (On a side note, if they choose to come, there would be a small ‘fee’/donation.)
We are thinking of doing it the day before, as there is a casino nearby which some family and friends have expressed interest in going to the night before the wedding (these places are located about 30 minutes away from the hotels/venues). However, I am worried about being sunburned or a bug bite or something! But then again.. we were hoping to host a small animal theme at our wedding, like for the seating chart, and for the cake topper.. so seeing the animals the day before might be better?
Sorry this post is a little convoluted! I guess my main points are:
-Wildlife park should replace rehersal dinner or next-day brunch?
-When should people RSVP to the park?
-Would this transition well to having some animals for decoration/guidance at the wedding itself?
Post # 3
I would do the animal park outing maybe during the day before the wedding – perhaps in the morning. Invite anyone who may be on location already, not just wedding party. I would still provide a meal to the rehearsal dinner people, so keep a rehearsal dinner.
Does this park require RSVP?
“Would this transition well to having some animals for decoration/guidance at the wedding itself?”
The park could foreshadow the whole wedding theme. Just to be clear, there is no use of live animals right at the wedding?
Post # 4
@gm234: This sounds awesome! I’d personally probably do it as a “next day brunch” replacement – if you’re going to charge, that kind of rules it out as a rehearsal dinner replacement (don’t want to charge for that) but next day events are not even close to necessary so it’s not like you need to follow any expected rules or anything.
And personally I’d want to leave it until after because I think I’d relax and have fun more that way at the park (instead of worrying like you said about problems like sun and bugs… even as a guest I’d worry about that!) but that’s down to your preferences. It’s a destination wedding, so extra events can pretty much get plonked down anytime for whoever’s in town. Whenever you feel like hanging out with your guests is probably fine, I’d just lean slightly toward after.
Anyway I think that would be way more fun than just a brunch, and I’d invite anyone who was a wedding guest and wanting to go (making clear that it’s not hosted.) You can probably just do this by word of mouth or a facebook event, instead of tagging it on the invitation… that’s what we did with our extra event (first word of mouth, then facebook event to try and get a rough headcount.) Does the park need a solid headcount in advance? If so, you’ll have to chase people down no matter what you do. If not, I’d just tell people where to meet you and when and go with whoever shows up! 🙂
Post # 5
@sienna76: There is a required RSVP, and no live animals at the wedding, just maybe animal pictures instead of table numbers 🙂
@Bebealways: There is a required RSVP, and there are several people who aren’t on facebook, so it would be hard to do an online event. I think I agree about after.. I am just way too worried about getting sunburned before my wedding lol, I’d be a cherry!
Post # 6
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