(Closed) Do I need to change my timing for a horse race?

posted 6 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Would you watch the Preakness at a wedding?
    No, I'd take the buses provided and miss the race : (24 votes)
    41 %
    No, what's the preakness? : (18 votes)
    31 %
    Yes, I'd find a bar to watch it in and then make it to the reception on my own : (2 votes)
    3 %
    RELAX you are WAY overthinking things!! : (15 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    257 posts
    Helper bee

    I think if people want to attend your wedding, they should forget about the horse race. If they would rather watch the race, they should RSVP No. As the bride, I wouldn’t worry about this if I were you!

    Post # 4
    2188 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2024

    If people choose to watch a horse race over attending cocktail hour that’s their choice (a stupid one but whatever). If they need to pay for a cab to the reception venue hey let them.

    By The Way I don’t even know and have never heard of the preakness and would never miss a family member/friends reception for it!

    Post # 5
    1399 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    …the WHAT?


    (I think you’re fine)

    Post # 6
    9952 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Lol, when I first read your title… I immediately thought of the Kentucky Derby aka “The Greatest 2 Minutes in Sport” (that happens the first Saturday in May)

    Ok, so the Preakness isn’t as well known…

    BUT don’t kid yourself it is a HUGE event in the Horse Racing World… and the 2nd leg in the Triple Crown (the third is Belmont Stakes)

    A lot of folks who watch the Kentucky Derby… or get caught up in the hoopla will want to tune into the Preakness just to see if there is a repeat winner (key element)

    So in reality, more folks watch the Preakness historically than the Belmont Stakes

    Lol, the Belmont might be more appropriately called “the what ??” than the Preakness

    The GOOD NEWS is the event is a mere 9 Furlongs (just over a mile in length) and from start to finish is just over 2 Minutes (Thoroughbred horseracing often referred to as “the fastest 2 minutes in sport”)

    So even if you make an allowance for it enroute… it would be over before you know it (guessing that instead someone in your Bridal Party will have an IPhone / IPad with Wifi… so as to have a connection to hear / see the event as you guys travel along)

    Personally, I wouldn’t worry about it too much,

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 7
    2203 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    never heard of it! you are definitely overthinking this!

    Post # 8
    4518 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    If people are *really* that into it they can watch it online after the wedding. They won’t have heard the outcome anyway because they’ll have been at your wedding all night! Don’t worry about it.

    Post # 9
    3552 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    It’s a 2 minute race…if they want to watch it that badly, guess what, this is what smartphones are for. I’m sure some website will be streaming it. There will also be replays. Your wedding should be your guest’s priority.

    Post # 10
    649 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I watch all the Triple Crown races, but that is because I’m a horse person. If I were your guest I would just DVR it. 

    Post # 11
    2556 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I think you are overthinking this.  If your guests want to come to the wedding, they will be there.  They can miss Preakness.  If they want to know who won, they can always pull it up on their phone afterwards.

    Post # 12
    6221 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    I think most people won’t care, but even if 10 people miss the cocktail hour, does that really matter?

    Post # 13
    1582 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would not worry about it. There will always be some sporting event going on at the same time of your wedding that someone will be upset to miss. At the end of the day, they will pick whichever is more important to then. I seriously doubt that more than a handful of your guests will even care about the preakness. And I am willing to bet that a lot of them will still choose to miss it because they care about seeing you.

    Post # 14
    7208 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    Don’t overthink it. The handful of people who care about it will figure it out on their own! You don’t need to REMIND people that something else big is happening on your wedding day!

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