Post # 1
Other than the three ring circus?? :p Apparently I’m supposed to plan events for people on this destination wedding (week)…. Can I count laying on the beach as an event? Hahaha!
Seriously though, I figure we will go to the Bontanical Gardens and do the whale/dolphin watch and for sure a few planned meals where fiance and I will pick up the tab/barbque. I don’t want to dictate every moment of every day, I want people to be able to explore and do things they like, as well as celebrate our wedding day with us. Most people are staying about a week. I would feel like a diva/bridezilla if I have every day planned out. We are a mixed-age group, oldest being 66 and youngest will be 4. There are also 4 young adults/teenagers. I have no idea what they will like doing, hopefully I won’t have to hear a lot of “I’m bored!”
How long are your guests staying with you at the destination? What events do you have planned for them (other than rehearsal dinner, wedding and reception)?
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2013 - The Down Town Club, Philadelphia
Well, our “destination” is a lot less glamorous than yours – we will be in Philadelphia for a long (Columbus Day) weekend.
Our plan is to not dictate every minute of every day, but rather just give them the info they need to entertain themselves for a bit. I have a lot of sightseeing information on our website, and I will be including maps in the welcome bags. If budget allows, we may buy everyone tickets to one of the sightseeing buses, that they can use whenever they want to that weekend.
As for actual scheduled events, we have a welcome party/rehearsal dinner on Friday, a private yoga class for anyone who wants to attend the morning of the wedding (my Maid of Honor is an instructor), the Main Event on Saturday, and a brunch on Sunday.
When my dad got re-married in Italy, we were there for two weeks. And bless his heart, he tried to organize group activites for everyone, and despite his great intentions, it was a bit of a mess. I think it’s best to give people options, but not plan everything.
Post # 4
We are having:
Welcome cOcktails,bachelor/bachelorette night,rehearsal dinner, wedding, brunch, and will probably plan to go on an excursion which guests can join us for if they would like.
Post # 5
We’re thinking of having a flame dancer/thrower!
Post # 6
We’re doing something similar to @Reeniero. Our Destination Wedding is in upstate NY and we’ve provided people with “things to do” on the wedding website. Other than that, we’re hosting brunch the day after the wedding. We’re renting out a house so I expect that people will be filtering in and out so that they can see us, etc. About 15 people are staying in the house and others have hotels within 10-15 mins.
Maybe you should spread the word about a couple of activities that you’ll be doing in case people just want to join along to spend time with you.
Post # 7
Most of our guests stayed a week for our Destination Wedding and we did organise some events/tours. We did a meet and greet, 3 x tours, a bachelorette and a bachelor party and a day after brunch.
We made it clear to our guests that they could come to as many or as few as they liked. We had not one event where every guest attended. I didn;t even attend one of the tours because i had been 3 times before and decided to spend the day with my BFF (who has also been on the tour previously) looking after the kids in our party whilst their parents went off on the tour.
We also included a list of activities that might interest our guests.
I don’t think it is at all necessary to host other events but it is always nice 🙂
Post # 8
I seriously laughed out loud at this subject because I have been asked several times about all the wedding events I’m surely planning for my half Destination Wedding (more than half the guests live there but I don’t — it’s my hometown)
But yeah.. Not so much. Just rehearsal dinner and the wedding. May do a joint Bach party and oneexcursion (Shark diving!!) but honestly all that comes last. Right now I have a wedding to plan!!
Post # 9
I want to plan 1 excursion to thank everyone that attended our wedding. Our wedding is in Negril and i am not too sure about what excursion to do though.
I think it’s a nice gesture to offer the people that travelled and paid so much to attend your wedding. If they don’t want to take part in the excursion, that’s fine.
Post # 10
im not planning any events particularly – other than the wedding and reception in playa del carmen
on wedding website i will tell people all the kinds of things they can do, and which day i plan to take the hotel tour to the chichen itza ruins… and probably which restaurant/bars ill be in when (all inclusive hotel so dont need to “pick up the tab”). but with 120 guests i cant pay for everyone to do the tour…or thatd be about 12,000 dollars. it would be a nice gesture but its not the budget
i personally dont like it when people try to fill every second of every day for me. we’re a very casual bunch – our kind of plan is “see you by the pool/sea at some point tomorrow. knock on my door or call me if you want to hang out”. people are there for different lengths of time ranging from 3 days (people who live in mexico) to 10 days (people coming in from london)
as people are arriving different days so probably wont have an “official” welcome drinks…but a “see you in the main bar when you arrive”?
Post # 11
We are having a Negril wedding.
Other than our wedding, we are planning a catamaran cruise for everyone as a thank you.
We plan to have a schedule of what we are hoping to do the days before our wedding and have an open invitation out to anyone who wants to come.
Post # 12
We’re getting married in Scotalnd biut only about 10% of hte guests live in the UK. As everyone is arriving at different times, we aren’t doing any official “welcome” thing either. I’m hoping to plan a tour for everyone one day to hit the highlights around the area (but we won’t pay for it – not in the budget) then we’ll have the big day and the reception. That’s it. Some people are leaving hte next day, others are traveling around Scotland or the rest of the UK. We may not even have a rehearsal dinner and if we do, it will only be for the people actively participating in the ceremony, not everyone.
Post # 13
We are getting married in Cancun, and we are not doing any events because everyone is flying in at different times on friday, and we will be gone all day on an excursion. We might tell people to meet us for breakfast the morning after the wedding but nothing is scheduled. It’s an all inclusive resort (food is unlimited and free for all guests).
Post # 14
We have orgnaised a cocktail night the night before, the wedding and swim with the Dolphins. One of the guests sent out a bulk email invite to a theatre night apart from this people are doing as they please. We (50 guests) all decided that people did their own thing, their time with their family and I am sure they will appreciate some free time to soak up the heat on a pool chair… Destination Wedding is 10 days in Bali and the resort has a tour desk that have offered massive discounts to our wedding guests which Fiance & I have told people about.