Post # 1
So the big day is coming soon and we want to do a get-together before the big day. We’re not getting married in a church so there’s no need for a rehearsal dinner, but it’s going to be something along the same line.
Our bridal party is a bit mixed and we figure this would be a good opportunity to have everyone get together the day before so it wouldn’t be so awkward on the wedding day. It has to be the day before since two days before the wedding is when my fiance’s best man is arriving from another country.
So we’re looking for something to do. The problem is that we’re getting married July 2nd and July 1st is Canada Day. We wanted to do an outdoor BBQ at a park, but it’s going to be PACKED because of Canada Day. I suggested axe-throwing, but my Fiance is worried about it being too expensive for everyone. ($45 a person not including food.) He suggested escape rooms, but there’s going to be eight of us and you can’t cram eight people into an escape room.
So anyone got any ideas? Here are other factors we need to consider:
– Some places are closed on Canada Day since it’s a national holiday
– We live in a small place and during that time, my FI’s family will be staying there too. 15 people in a small apartment isn’t going to work.
– One of the groomsmen have food restrictions.
– Parks are packed
– I’m pretty sure the best man will have jet lag and I don’t want to stay out so late the day before the wedding so I rather keep it to the afternoon/early evening
– Depending on the event, we might invite others outside of the bridal party since we have guests coming in from out of town/country, but are not part of the bridal party
I thought about bowling but wasn’t sure if they’re open on Canada Day and not sure about how people feel about doing it. Fiance suggested archery tag, but I’m worried about bruises so close to the wedding day. We also thought of pot luck, but we would have to rent a party room. The rental fee is $100 and I’m reluctant to spend that much PLUS contribute to food and drinks. I just worry that if it’s just a pot luck, then we’ll just sit around awkwardly eating quietly. (Although we do have a game room with a pool table.)
Post # 2
You might be making it a bit too complicated– with such a large group of people and Canada Day making things tricky, I think a dinner out at a casual restaurant is your best bet. Hopefully your friends are friendly enough to be able to chat with each other without an activity to facilitate the conversation.
Post # 3
Are you in Calgary? Depending on where you are, there are escape rooms that you can do wtih that many people. My company is doing ‘the locked room’ and there are 2 rooms that are larger, one is up to 8, one is up to 10.
Post # 4
Right now I’m super envious. At a minimum my rehearsal dinner is including 40 (15 of which are children).
Post # 5
almostaudrey: Yeah there’s a part of me that feels that way too. I just wasn’t sure since most days, my head feels like it’s going to explode from the stress.
scissorgirl: Nope, in Toronto. But how is it like doing an escape room with a large group? I’ve done escape rooms once, but there were only four of us. I always worry that escape room groups larger than 5 gets too crowded and causes people to just sit there and wait for others to figure it out.
squirrelly1982: Well our party might grow if people bring their spouses and children, but yeah. I’m glad it’s not bigger than 12! Good luck with yours!
Post # 6
Check out local activites on Groupon. I don’t know where you live, what your friends like or your budget so I really cannot venture a suggestion.
Post # 7
I actually have no idea, I don’t want to hang out with my co-workers in an enclosed space for an hour hahaha. SO it could be fun, might not.
I think bowling would be fun. Also agree iwth PP about groupon. You could do a paintnite ($25 with the coupon I think). Do you have trampoline parks? They are SO FUN (so long as no ones pregnant).
Post # 8
naturalflight: Don’t write off escape rooms yet, we booked one through work and had more than 8 people in one room. Otherwise, could you book a group cooking class or something similar? That way food is covered in addition to an activity to bring everyone together.
Post # 9
Maybe you could do a nice relaxed bruch or afternoon tea at home? It wouldnt have to be too long, just enough for everyone to get comfortable around each other. The weather wouldn’t matter because you could have it outside if it was good weather or move it inside if it wasn’t. It’s an inexpensive option and you don’t have to worry about certain places being open. And hey, if it got too awkward, you could just chuck on a movie?
Oh, you mentioned an idea about bowling? Maybe set up your own little bowling ally at home? Obviously, it would be pretty childlike (not as in the idea of it but it would most likely composed of plastic bowling balls and pins) but it might just make it cute and funny and ease any awkwardness as people could bond over the humour of an awkward makeshift bowling ally in your backyard/loungeroom.
Post # 10
Love the idea of a cooking class! I wouldn’t mind a paint nite/paint lounge, but apparently I’m the only artsy person of the group, haha. But yes, I’ll keep an eye on Groupon and look at escape rooms again! And trampoline parks! I never heard of them so I’ll look those up.
Thank you for the ideas everyone! We were just so stuck last night and with the wedding so close, everything has bottlenecked.