Destination Wedding Events

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  • Post # 18
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    We went to a “destination” wedding, where we and maybe half the guests had to fly, and they had the welcome dinner after the rehearsal with their bridal party. Can you move the welcome party to the day before the wedding? Idk how many of your guests would come 2 days early.

    Post # 19
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2025 - City, State

    Combine the rehearsal dinner with the welcome party and cut the brunch.  Or cut the welcome party and keep the brunch.

    Post # 20
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    179 posts
    Blushing bee

    We had welcome drinks and tapas the night before the wedding. We booked out a restaurant to ourselves and had a mingling affair (no tables) with waiters walking about with tapas dishes/drinks. 

    The day after the wedding we had a really casual paella back at the venue. The guests turned up when they wanted. Chilled on the grass. Had some paella, a beer or two and left when they wanted. 

    Obviously all the events were extras and not compulsory, but we got a good turn out 🙂

    Post # 21
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    Busy bee

    I’d agree with PPs that I’d skip the brunch. One thing you can do instead is take it off all of your invites/website, and spread via word of mouth “We’ll be at the hotel pool from 12-4 if anyone wants to stop by on their way out!”. We did this and it was great – some people stopped by for a hug on their way to the airport, some people hung out for a snack or a drink or too, and it allowed us to kind of see people in shifts instead of all at once at a big overwhelming event. There was also zero pressure if people just wanted to do their thing. A lot of weddings in my circle have a brunch (ranging from casual to formal) and they’ve literally never been fun – it doesn’t seem worth it to me.

    Post # 22
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2019

    I had a destination wedding and I tried not to book up everyone’s time. I had a welcome/rehearsal dinner before our wedding day. I included everyone due to them having to travel so far away. It was nice and at this same event I handed out a “wedding recovery kit” with sunscreen, advil, etc. It was meant a little as a joke but the guests seem to really appreciate it. Then the next day was the wedding day and the day after the wedding day we have a “pool party” at noon. This was more informal and it was just meant to relax and hang out. Some guests opted to do other activities and not attend which was perfectly fine. 

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