- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
Some background info:
My wedding ceremony will be at a church in my hometown, and the reception is at a country club in the next town over, (12 miles away, mainly highway). The vast majority of my guests are local, meaning they live no more than 25 minutes away from the ceremony or reception site. Out of 180 guests, only 8 are out-of-towners and live a couple of hours away. I will be setting up a hotel block at a hotel 7 miles away from the reception site as a courtesy. The reception will be over at 9:30 pm.
My parents want to have an after party at their home, which is in the same town as the church. My Dad would grill and set up a fire in the fire pit. Not everyone would be invited, probably just those who we know like to continue the party. My parents are pretty dead-set on doing this. They see no point in driving ten minutes to a hotel after the wedding and paying for a hotel room for themselves when they can just drive ten minutes in the other direction and be home.
One of my bridesmaids said this is a horrible idea. She thinks some of my friends would be likely to want to stay at the hotel after the wedding even though they are local, and doing something at the hotel would just be easier. She also thinks we would be asking people to do too much driving after they have been drinking, and my parents could be liable if anyone drives drunk.
Do you think I should pay for my parents to stay at the hotel so they can do an after party there? The hotel is a Residence Inn, so there is no bar. It would just be people hanging out in hotel rooms.
Part of me thinks this would open up the after party to more people, which could be a good thing. My OOT friends may not want to drive to my parents house after the wedding and then back to the hotel. I would love to make it easy for them to continue the party! Also, I would be more likely to stop by since I wouldnt have to figure out how me and my new husband are getting to and from the party.