Post # 1
Last night in Washington State the bridge to our wedding venue collapsed. Our wedding is July 15th.
This is a pain in the butt. Right now there are no plans on what the state is going to do in repairing this bridge, but there is a ferry service available.
Our plan of attack right now is wait a week, see if there is any news developement on what they plan on doing with the bridge, and then Facebook, call, e-mail all of our guests and tell them about the bridge situation and needing to take a ferry to get to our venue.
We’re also thinking of pushing the ceremony time from 5 pm to something earlier? Would that work better for our guests now?
Our wedding is on a Monday for anyone who is curious. Almost all of the guests don’t have work and are on vacation by the time our wedding rolls around, and for those who do work have already put time off from their jobs.
Should I talk to our venue coordinator and see if she has any ideas or new instructions on how guests can make it to the wedding?
In my shoes what else would you do to make this easier on guests? Or better yet…What would you do in this situation period?
We’re not freaking out about this I just want to make sure we have a solid plan and to warn our guests approperiately.
I am also going to update our wedding website with updates and a new map in a week or so. Am I forgetting anything?
Post # 3
@JoJoDahling: Wow! Saw that info last night as the story was unfolding. Wishing all bees in that area to be well. I would just wait to find out what will happen. (It might be fun to start festivities on the ferry though!) I’m sure all will work out.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2013 - Sodo Park
@JoJoDahling: I would definitely say talk to your venue coordinator. Hopefully they’ll figure something out quickly! I’m betting they don’t want that part of I-5 out of comission for too long.
Post # 5
@JoJoDahling: Yikes! Luckily your wedding is about a month and a half away. With the popularity of people flying Allegiant Air out of Bellingham lately, and with summer coming and people wanting to travel I-5 up through Canada, I think by the time your wedding rolls around they will have come up with a somewhat efficient solution. I would wait until a week or so before the day and see what the situation is like! If need be, then email/facebook/call all the guests attending and let them know of the best route to take given the circumstances. And maybe allow for 30-45 minutes extra for the start of the ceremony in case heavy traffic due to detours causes people to run late. Lucky for you, a Monday ceremony shouldn’t cause too much traffic! Best of luck!
Post # 6
@JoJoDahling: i saw this last night! they mentioned they were setting up detours so i assumed that meant there were other roads to get around the bridge (although probably way out of the way). did they mean they only have a ferry as a detour? it’s crazy that a portion of I5 is completely closed! it’s such a major freeway.
i should also add that part of the SF bay bridge collapsed in the 1989 earthquake and they got that rebuilt pretty quickly since it’s a major thoroughfare. i’m guessing this bridge will get repaired quickly too!
Post # 7
that is crazy! Definitely talk to your venue about their plan. Any possibility of charting a private boat to bring guests to the venue?
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center
Yikes! You should see if you can rent any of those sweet hovercraft things that were helping in the rescue… But seriously? I would bet that they’ll have a really good detour route set up quickly, and repairs will be at least underway very soon. It’s easy to stress about it now, but I bet in a week or less there will be a lot more info and plans in place. Maybe just build in some buffer time before the ceremony to allow for people to make it in time in case of a lengthy detour?
Post # 9
@JoJoDahling: OMG I just saw this. I drive over this bridge every week! And it is on the route that I sent to all our guests too! We have 2 weeks…I really hope the detour route they set up can handle the traffic.
Post # 10
your venue coordinator would be the best one to help you come up with a plan as he/she knows the area best.
Post # 11
I think Hwy 9 should get you through that stretch.
Post # 12
my FI is from there, we drove over it multiple times when i went out there to see him last year. he saw it online and immediately called home. apparently his mother had no idea what happened- she took the other bridge when she drove home.
i know that they were rerouting people this morning. i also know that there are other side ways to get through that area. it just depends on where you’re heading. your venue coordinator will know which route to send your guests (and if not, if you PM me the location of your venue, i can ask my FI for his advice on a detour. he knows the area really well)
Post # 13
Wow! Thank you for all of the responses!
I talked with my mother this morning, and she said she would print out some detours for me to look over, and after I post this I am going to contact my venue coordinator and see what she has to say.
@creativeplannertobee: Luckily there have been no casualities, three people so far have been admitted into the hospital the last time I saw any updates, but all are in stable condition!
@brittainy: Thanks for the advice. I think I am jumping the gun a bit with involving my guests so soon, I just sit back and watch how this will unfold since you’re right that bridge is very popular and people commute on it everyday along with the summer coming and the San Juans being so popular during the summer months sufficient detours and plans are going to have to happen quickly. LOL, with my readiness to get this solved maybe I should be on the planning commitee! j/k.
@calibee79: DOT is putting up detours now, so it is no longer just the ferry to get people across…YAY! I am going to look into the detours more, and see which ones are the easiest for the guests. =D
@MrsWBS: *_* <— Starry eyes.
That would be a dream! I’d love to do something like that! But alas…that cannot work due to budget. If I could though…I would in all seriousness.
@NowDontLetsBeSilly: Hover crafts! People wouldn’t stop talking about my wedding for years! Let’s do it! lol. Thank you for the idea of the buffer time, that is something I will want to tell my guests a week before the wedding to let them know there will be a 30-40 minute wait time for people to come! Again, thank you!
@Summer_Rose: Oh my goodness! I am so glad you’re okay! That is so scary. Would you let me know after your wedding how the guests handled the detours?
@kandykane1: Thanks! I’ll look into that!
Post # 14
@colorofmyheart: Thank you! I’ll send you a PM. =D
I am so glad that his mother is alright! My first concern last night was if people were okay.
Post # 15
@JoJoDahling: Yeah I imagine it wouldn’t be cheap. Maybe you could work out a deal with the Ferry company of sorts? Or even a private company? Ya never know if you don’t ask. People may be willing to help you out given the circumstances.
Post # 16
@MrsWBS: You’re right! I should look into that, and see if any boating company/ferry is willing to work with brides who have weddings up that way!
Our venue was shown in a popular wedding magazine here a few months back, so maybe that would give us a boost with getting some help if we need it.
I am about to send off an e-mail to my venue coordinator, and I’ll ask her about this as well. Thanks!