Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta
We are having a semi-destination wedding in Banff. We are local, as are 20 of our friends, 35 guests have 8+ drive and 35 have a 4 hour flight. I want to show them a good time as they are travelling so far and most will stay a few days. We are having a Sunday afternoon wedding with wine and hors d’oeuvre and an after party (at a local bar) so it’s not like the wedding is a HUGE affair. The only favors are the ribbon wands and instant photos from a photo booth. The day before we are throwing a welcome picnic in the park for everyone, then the ceremony rehersal and I would like to do something afterwards. A few options I have thought of, renting the bowling alley (pool, golf simulator, bowling, food and alcohol available) or horse back riding (but I won’t pay, I will arrange the time and discount). I like the idea of the bowling alley but it can only hold 50 people MAX and is $600/hour and I am wondering if I will be too stressed the day before. Saturday morning I have arranged a local helicopter company to offer discounted rates to our wedding guests and they can go if they want to. I have also listed a ton of activities available in the area on our website, including our favorite hikes, bike rides, canoeing, movie theater, museums and other tourist attractions. Am I doing enough for my guests? Would it be better to do the activites after the wedding so we can join in stress free? I think most guests will come Friday and leave Monday, but our immediate families will probably stay a week or so.
Post # 3
I’m going to a similar semi-destination wedding soon and I wouldn’t expect anything.
Also why do you expect people to arrive Friday? I’d be arriving Saturday.
Post # 4
I have not voted. With picnic plus rehearsal, I think you might want to rest before the wedding. The horse riding sounds fun to me, but it seems you have planned enough. You have already arranged helicopter discount too. You have really done a lot of planning for your guests. I think it is nice, but don’t forget they may already have some plans in mind too.
Post # 5
They’re adults; they can entertain themselves. It’s a nice gesture, but I would rather explore on my own. The list on your wedding website should be plenty.
Post # 6
We are having a semi-destination.. it’s destination for all of fi’s family.
We are having a welcoming party the day before, and a brunch after. At the reception we’ll have a candy buffet, cigar bar, dj/dancing, and a photo booth. we’ll also have 2 poker tables.
That’s pretty much all we’re doing!
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2014 - DD born 2015 DS born 2017
I’m in the exact same position so commenting to follow 🙂
Post # 8
Honestly, Banff is a great place for shopping or just exploring the nearby hiking trails and such. There’s so much to do there, I really wouldn’t worry about trying to arrange anything else for your guests.
Post # 9
@paula1248: +1. I would also arrive on the Saturday.
Post # 10
I think it’s a nice sentiment but everyone knows this a desitnation wedding and can plan accordingly. If you want to do a welcome lunch or dinner and a farewell brunch I think that would be nice but people will all want to be on different schedules. My cousin went to a Destination Wedding and the bride scheduled literally 4 days of stuff. Her family and the bridal party were a little annoying to have their whole extended weekend planned for them and felt pressured to go to everything.
It sounds like you are really already hosting your guests really nicely, I woudln’t worry about anything else.