(Closed) Are you throwing a welcome party/drinks at your DW?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
  • poll: Are you hosting a Welcome Event for guests for your DW?
    Yes, welcome drinks : (7 votes)
    20 %
    Yes, dinnner : (14 votes)
    40 %
    Yes, other (please explain below) : (4 votes)
    11 %
    No : (6 votes)
    17 %
    Don't know yet : (4 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    For our wedding week activities, we are doing group wine tours 2 days before the wedding (small number of family and friends), rehearsal lunch and welcome reception 1 day before, and then the wedding. No after party or day after events. 

    For the welcome reception the day before the wedding in mid-afternoon at a local winery. We will have wine, beer, water and light snacks – cheese, crackers, meat, fruit and mini desserts. It would not be intended to replace dinner and that’s why it will end about 6 – people will do dinner on their own after. 

    The winery we are holding it at has very reasonable wine costs and is letting us bring in our own beer and food. The food will be catering trays from Whole Foods, and I bet the whole thing will be less than $500 for about 80-100 people.

     

    Post # 4
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We’re having a welcome dinner 2 days before the wedding.  After that, the only events we’re planning is the ceremony & reception afterward.  Other than that, they’re on their own, lol.  I don’t really think that your guests would necessarily “miss” it if you don’t have a welcome event… or you could always make it optional & just say, “hey we’re having dinner or drinks or whatever at 6p on Thursday– everyone is welcome to join!”  That way, you’re not footing the bill.  It’s really up to you!

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We are having a welcome party on Friday night that all guests will be invited to for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and then the wedding will be the next day.  We wanted to do something to thank everyone for traveling in addition to just the wedding.  In my opinion, people usually spend more to go to a Destination Wedding so it’s nice to treat them a little bit, so a little extra something is nice.  The little extra something doesn’t have to be a welcome party, though – it can be anything. I think that what you have lined up sounds great.  The boat ride is an awesome idea!  

    Post # 6
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We are doing a reahearsal/welcome dinner Thursday the night before the wedding, then the ceremony and reception on Friday and a good-bye brunch Saturday. Most of our family and friends are going to fly in on Thursday so we are packing a lot of events info just a few days.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

     Many of my guests are driving in the Friday before the wedding(getting married on Saturday).  We are not having a rehearsal so no rehearsal dinner.  We are gonna take our parents and siblings out to a nice early dinner Friday night and then find a local bar to meet up with our friends(only family at our wedding is immediate) later on that night.  Not doing a brunch Sunday because most of our guests will be driving back home.  I’m sure we will try to meet up somewhere for breakfast for those still in town though. 

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We are having a welcome party with a bonfire and a bar set up on the beach two days before the wedding. We are not having a rehearsal or rehearsal dinner. We are also not doing a day after brunch but will have brekkie with our family before they all leave the day after the wedding.

    The bonfire is late enough (8:30 pm) that our guests can do what they want for dinner. I would be worried about having too much planned for the guests. Not sure where you are getting married, but many of your guests may want freedom to do their own thing aside from the wedding? Just a thought.

    Post # 9
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    Blushing bee

    We did a private boat charter wth snorkeling and some fun beach activities we planeed a few days before our wedding as the welcome party, it was a lot of fun to bring everyone together.  We also did a rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, but my hubby’s family hosted that for us.  We had nights of drinks each night prior to the wedding, but we didn’t host those.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee

    I guess it depends how many people you are inviting.

    We had a destination at home wedding so it was slightly different. We decided we wanted to keep the rehersal dinner rather small and focused more on wedding party and family than Out of Town guests. For this reason, we decided to do a welcome party on Thursday. We kept it simple with a BBQ and invited everyone. Understandably, those who live in the area and Out of Town guests came. People who were a bit further out or not as close to us did not come. We didn’t do a formal invite but rather put it up on our wedding website. The downside was that it rained the whole night.

    As a guest, I attended a Destination Wedding at an AI ressort and there was no need to plan a formal welcome dinner. Everyone mostly arrived on the same day and met on the beach then split into groups for dinner on the ressort. We could not all get in at the same time but it worked out that the parents and grand parents got a table together and then we split off into another group of 8 or so friends. You end up meeting up so often in such a situation, I don’t think you will need to plan anything specific. They did a formal rehersal dinner which was a nice idea as it was the only time everyone could get together for dinner in a seperate room. With a smaller group (>20) I imagine you could just do 2 tables of 10 in a large restaurant.

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Since we are all on the cruise, we are having a welcome dinner in the main dining room.

    Post # 12
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    My Mom really wanted to throw something, so we are having a Welcome Party two days before the wedding.  The rehearsal is going to be just for the wedding party.  We are either going to hold the Welcome Party in the condo my parents have rented, or source out something around the area.  Just appetizers and drinks.  I don’t think some of the guests would be concerned if we had one or not.  My FH side is more relaxed about things, and I think question why we are having it.  My side would be the side more into it.  We are not going to be holding anything after the wedding, so thought it would be a nice way to say Welcome and Thank You. 

    Post # 13
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    We had a meet and greet dinner a couple of days before the wedding (everyone came in early since it was a destination that was a 12 hour plus flight away for most guests), 3 tours (2 half days and one full day) and a brunch the day after the wedding.

    Post # 15
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    Blushing bee

    @traveller:  Since you are doing the boat charter thing..I am assuming they will probably have lunch and stuff.  We actually also got a pinata which was definately the highlight…it was so much fun and hilarious and sort of brought the group together.  If your family or friends are into that sort of thing, we bought one from etsy (a disco ball one :))

    Post # 16
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m doing something pretty close – I’m at an All Inclusive, so we’re arranging a meet up on Saturday, then rehearsal dinner Sunday (although there will only be 4-5 peeps at the actual rehearsal) and girls after party, brunch on the wedding day Monday, charter boat the day after. So… that now seems like a lot, but thats OK by me!

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