(Closed) DW bees: Do you have an itinerary? welcome party, tours, rehearsal, brunch?

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Hi! We don’t really have anything set in stone yet (we are not getting married until spring 2014) but we plan on doing a few of those things.

The plan is to have 20-30 ppl destination wedding in Ireland. We are definitely having a rehearsal dinner, and a day-after brunch, and one planned excursion (have no idea what this will be yet though).

We thought about doing more, but we also want people to have the time to relax, or do what they want. So the plan is to plan at least one for everybody (this way it gives one more event everyone will be together for, and guarantees that guests will do/see at least one thing) and we are going to put a list of plenty of other local sights/tours/festivities in their welcome bags so that if they wish to do more, we have at least made it as easy on them as possible.

I think it is important to have a balance 🙂

Post # 4
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3142 posts
Sugar bee

No rehearsal dinner as there is no rehearsal but I am having a dinner the night before.

We are also going to go on either a boat cruise or a Ruin’s tour (getting marriied in Mexico) before or after the wedding, depending on when guests are getting there.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I wish we could have a welcome dinner or brunch or something, but it seems like everyone is probably getting there the day before the wedding, so there’s not really any time.  We will have a rehearsal dinner, and I’m trying to get everyone to arrive by 2pm, so we can see the church so everyone knows what it looks like.  We can’t rehearse there, so I want them to at least see it before, so they’ll have an image of it.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I had toyed with the idea of a welcome dinner but decided against it because I felt people would want to do there own thing. WRONG!

Thursday before the wedding when most everyone in my family came in they all gathered in the lobby and decided they wanted to go to dinner together. That was 36 people who wanted to find a restaurant and of course since I was the one who was familiar with the area everyone looked to me for the answer. Cue freak out and me calling several restaurants. It ended up working out but I wish I had planned something.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

i planned the wedding stuff as an official itinerary. and then put copies of it in their welcome bags.  i had 3 things on it – rehearsal dinner, wedding, and brunch the next morning.

as for tours and all that, we ended up doing one as a group, but that was decided and organized once we were there and got a feel for what there was and what we all wanted to do.

here is my itinerary. i love the paper i used too!  i rolled it up, tied it with ribbon and placed them in their bags.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My plan for a three or four day weekend (some will come later) is to organize a couple of non wedding activities because they will require a head count, and organize welcome drinks, the rehearsal dinner, and possibly a day after brunch. I’m going to give suggestions on other things for them to do. I’m hoping that this will organize things enough but still allow them to figure out how they spend the rest of their time.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper

@loveknows: ohh, we stayed at an all inclusive!!! so it was more to organize a group breakfast as in to meet at the same time and sit together.  otherwise, there are ways you can announce it or inform people to join you without giving the impression you are paying.

Post # 11
Bee
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

@loveknows: We only scheduled a welcome get together cocktail at one the resorts piano bars (totally free I might add). That way people got an introduction to each other and could talk to them. Otherwise we let everyone have their time to themselves (which everyone told us the really appreciated).

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

we are planning a games day for everyone to kinda get to know each other and then a brunch the day after the wedding. I never thought of a welcome dinner, thats a really good idea.

Post # 14
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2822 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

The only thing we are scheduling is a rehearsal for the people in the wedding, other then that we want our guests to be able to spend the week like they would on any vacation, especially since they are paying to attend the wedding.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Having a welcome dinner for our 30 guests and we are paying for that.  Wedding is on Saturday so dinner on Friday, wedding on Saturday and then they can explore on their own on Sunday.

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