- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
I’m trying to get all my ducks in a row stationary-wise so I can get my order off to my Etsy person this month. (<— The first planning pressure I’ve felt! Errrmahgerddd it’s real now! Haha!). Sorry this is somewhat long, but…
So here’s the scoop on our wedding: We are having an intimate (28 invited) and casual wedding at a mountain lodge. About 1/3 of the guests are flying from various parts of the country; the rest is about a 2-hour drive from the locals. We will be there from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon, and anticipate that most of our guests will elect to stay Friday and Saturday night with us as well so it will be somewhat of a “wedding weekend.” The guests will be paying for their own rooms at the lodge, and with that breakfast the following mornings are included. Wedding is Saturday at 4:00. In the morning after breakfast we were going to take an easy 45-minute hike up the mountain to take in the beauty, and anyone who wants to go we want to welcome to do that. We’ll also have lots of games and things to do around the lodge property during the day, which we will basically have to ourselves for the weekend. The last part of the reception after cake will be a bon fire. 🙂 Then Sunday we’ll all have brunch together and check out whenever.
So here is the invitation package that I’m thinking:
- RSVP card/return envelope
- Accomodations and directions
- Weekend activities (<— this is the one where I’m getting stuck)
My main questions are:
(1) How should I word what we are hosting vs. what we are not hosting.? Obviously we will be covering Saturday night dinner. We will also be hosting Saturday afternoon lunch for those who are there. Then Saturday and Sunday morning breakfasts are included in the rate that the guests paid for their rooms. We wanted to pay for Friday night dinner (BBQ), but looking at the budget at this point I do not think we can do that. I want to encourage people to come up Friday night to stay the weekend, but I don’t want to imply that we’re paying for dinner Friday night if we are not. Because basically, all meals beginning Saturday morning through Sunday morning are covered.
(2) How much detail should I include? Or, should I even include a weekend plan card at all? I realized I was going overboard when I started drafting this card with my timeline. The Goal: Let people know it’s a cool weekend hangout type thing with additional meals, bon fires and stuff… not just a five-hour wedding. My first instinct was that if it was laid out in writing, everyone would know without question. But now on the other hand, since it’s such a small guest list, would it be better to word-of-mouth this stuff instead (as it already has been somewhat done already)?
I’ve been working 75 hours weeks, and I’ve already over-thought this for like a month. Somebody set me straight.