Post # 1
Ok be honest…. I want to throw a fun after-partyish thing with our friends because I think ending our wedding at 10 is lame but I don’t have a ton to spend. So I was thinking about getting a limo to take us to karaoke bars, clubs, maybe dave and busters (grown up arcade) etc. Then I looked at limo prices… not happening… So here is my idea:
-Add 1 hour to reception from 10-11p.m.- ($200 for extra hour for venue and dj): at this point I would have the dj announce that the remaining hour will be open karaoke and have dancing in between those brave enough to sing… which will hopefully be a few since there will be 4 hours of possible drinking preceding this. I will also give parents a heads up that the last hour is adults only so we can sing the funnier, less-appropriate songs, but hopefully all of the not fun people will want to be home by the time 10 rolls around. (any nice ideas to tell people this?)… ok then after this we will get picked up by, wait for it…. wait for it… THE SHUTTLE FROM THE HOTEL (tacky?) it is free, holds 24 people and will pick us up at 11p.m…. a limo will be like $200 bucks and I only need it for 10 minutes.
-Get shuttle to drop us off at Dave and Busters (1 minute from hotel, shouldn’t be a problem). Have shots waiting for us which I will pay for, then play pool or arcade games from 11:15ish-1a.m. Walk to the hotel… ok this is my biggest worry… my friends love me and all have good senses of humor so… can I expect them to walk the 5, 7 minute max, trek to the hotel? or should I think up something else… I honestly think it would be funny as hell… me in my dress and everyone else dressed up, drunk and crazy walking down the road (It isn’t a main road fyi… very safe). So what do you think??? :/ I just want to have a blast with my friends, not diminish the honeymoon fund… honeymoon>going out for 3 more hours. But this way it will be $600 max including our hotel room! 🙂 And, the groom and I plan on drinking, but 3-4 drinks max not drinking all our buds under the table, we do want to remember it all the next day….
Oh and the next morning I was thinking about having everyone meet in the shaded pool area around 11 and have panera deliver some hang-over relief! 🙂 This way we can bid everyone farewell before our honeymoon.
One last thing- thank you for your honest opinion. my man is helpful but he is also well-trained… most answers are the equivalent of “yes, dear” haha… so I appreciate it!
Post # 3
I don’t see anything wrong with walking 5-7 minutes, BUT I still like the first idea better. It’s so much more convenient for your guests to just continue the reception, and you won’t waste time in transit. To solve the adults-only issue, well… I really doubt parents are going to keep their kids at a wedding until 11pm, so it’s probably fine, otherwise have your parents spread by word of mouth that the reception itself ends at 10 but that you and your friends will continue the party in an adults-only manner for another hour… only to those people that you think should be informed. If you’re still ready to party after 11pm, could you move to someone’s suite for something a bit more casual? That wouldn’t break the bank!
Post # 4
I like the idea of staying late at the reception location, but if you are doing a send-off at the end of the night you’d either 1)have to do it with everyone and then turn right back around and go back inside or 2)do one with only the people at the after party or 3)not have one at all. Something to consider when you make your decision.
Post # 5
I think this will work out just fine. I’ve taken much longer walks, while intoxicated, and never even realized we were on a trek! For your wedding, your friends and fun family will have no problem doing this, they’re all just gonna be having a blast with you. Don’t even sweat it. As far as getting the less fun people to go, I think you’ll just have to have the DJ announce what the hour will entail and hope they leave on their own accord. I’m sure they will. I also love the idea of having whoever can make it, at the pool. Its really nice of you to pay for the Panera. That is way more than enough, don’t feel like you have to do too much!
Post # 6
Thanks everyone. I feel much more confidant about my idea.
@futurediplomatswife: I thought of the suite idea but we have too many people, and our friends can get a little too roudy.
@jennifer espos: I am glad you like the ideas… our friends are pretty much closer to us than our families. We have each known our best friends since kindergarten and the other friends atleast 5 years each for most, so I just want to let them know they are appreciated. 🙂
Post # 7
I think it’s fine to have a five minute walk. If someone’s feet are hurting they can call themselves a cab. As a guest I would never assume that all my transportation around the city would be taken care of by the bride and groom.
Post # 8
I figure it is no different from walking from bar to bar at the beach bars we have here… I think they should be fine! 🙂
Post # 9
I love your plans, I think you should definitely go for it and don’t worry about the 5-7 min walk! Not a big deal at all!