Post # 1
My wedding will be in the south of France next May. My fiancé is French so the majority of guests in attendance will most likely be French. However, we do have many guests traveling from the U.S. (some have never been to France). A few of my friends have asked if we are doing anything before or after the wedding with everyone. The wedding itself will most likely last 12 hours (French wedding receptions = party until the morning) and we have a brunch for the next day. Do we need to plan additional activities for our guests? Do we need to have a welcome dinner as well? We’ve included plenty of travel tips and things to see on the website.
Post # 2
Our wedding was where we lived but it was a destination for the majority of our guests (at least an 8 hour drive or plane ride). We did not plan anything in the days leading up or afterwards. We did spend a lot of time with our families who had traveled but it was all very casual, no official plans or dinners or events. I don’t think it’s necessary.
Post # 3
We included any guests who had arrived in our rehearsal dinner (which was pretty casual). We also had a brunch the next day. I felt like including them in as much as I could was appropriate since they’d all come such a long way. Additionally, though I assumed they could all figure out what to do with their time, I did provide some suggestions for places to see on our wedding website – parks, hikes, museums, places to eat, etc. Our guests almost exclusively came from the east or west coasts to our wedding in Utah, so they weren’t familiar with the area at all. As far as I can tell, no one lacked things to do.
Post # 4
I think it would be great to do a welcome reception!
my friend got married in Jamaica last year, and planned a week of events and festivities and it was a blast!
Post # 5
We’re having a welcome party since most of our guests are coming from out of town. It will be in lieu of a rehearsal dinner, as we figure this will be more fun!
Post # 6
With guests coming from another country/continent, I think a welcome dinner would be appropriate.
Post # 7
I’ve been to 2 destination weddings of close friends:
One wedding they organized for anyone who wanted to attend a local large luau, guests paid the groom.
Another wedding the couple organized a welcome booze cruise the night before with drinks and heavy apps on a legit yacht and paid for it. A bunch of us also went out to a club downtown maybe the night after.
Post # 8
We are getting married in a small mountain town in Switzerland and will be hosting a welcome reeption on the Thursday, dinner on Friday, and brunch on Sunday. Everyone who comes to the wedding is invited to all the other events. We have also added some information and “things to do” on our website so if guests come early they have an idea of what they can find to do in the town.