Post # 1
We are having our ceremony and reception at a local garden park on the lake. About 90% of the guests have been to a wedding at this location…however, nearly all weddings take place on the lakefront under a willow tree that is about 50 yards from the building where the reception takes place and only a little further than that from the parking.
BUT…Our wedding is taking place quite a walk away (in comparison) in front of an old estate house on the grounds. So people will be walking a good bit through the actual gardens, think some gravel and a lot of dirt 😉
I’m wearing wedges so that I don’t sink into the dirt during the day, and have told my wedding party and mom that they should take it into account. A few plan to and others are going to take their chances in heels anyway.
I’m wondering if I should mention this on the enclosure cards so that the women don’t wear high heels thinking that they won’t be walking much, then end up a little peeved when they realize they have to trek a little further than they usually do for weddings at this site. I’m sure that we could get the info to most people by word of mouth, but I thought it would be a nice gesture to at least allude to the walk on the enclosure cards. Maybe I could mention that we encourage everyone to actually tour the grounds after, or before, the ceremony and to wear comfortable shoes? As opposed to just stating, “You’re going to be walking in dirt and grass, don’t wear heels.” lol (I obviously wouldn’t state it like that!)
Any advice on wording or anything else is appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
do you have a wedding website? that would be a great place to put something like that on there.
I do like the idea of forwarning guests.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
A short line along the lines of “Due to the soft path, high heels are not recommended”
I wouldn’t put it on the invite itself, but in the enclosure is good– your guests will apprecieate it!
Post # 5
@shalynnmarie: I agree.
@Teh0817: I definitely would make this clear on your wedding website and also would spread the word via word of mouth.
Post # 6
My guests are also in for a bit of a walk and will be standing in grass for our (super short) ceremony. I put guidelines on the FAQ page of our wedding website. It says:
What should I wear?
Dress is strictly casual for this laid back affair! Khakis for the men and light dresses for the ladies. Don’t forget to wear comfy shoes because there will be some walking, a bit of standing, and a ton of dancing!
Post # 7
Thanks for the comments guys! I’m still toying with whether or not to do a website. Nearly all of our guests are family, and most of them are older, so I’m not sure how many people will actually go to the website if I create one. :/ Especially since most everyone invited will assume that they know how it will be set up based on preious experience, and might not think that they have a reason to “get more information on our website.” There are pretty mixed reviews on how helpful they actually are here on the Bee.
If I do end up making one it will be on there, but I think my best bet to reach the most people will be in the enclosures. I think I’ll add a little history section (short-like two-three lines) about the gardens and write something along the lines of what @juliette.eliza said at the end.
I also want to note that the only guests traveling more than an hour or so are my mom and sister, whose accomodations are taken care of, so there is very little info that I would be putting on a website if I were to create one. So, To all those that said to put in on the website: is it your experience that people actually go to wedding websites for information? If so, I guess i should start making one! Now, what information should I include on the website? lol