Post # 1
our families are coming in from out of town (mostly from Boston, NY, and DC) and I’m concerned that they all end up fricker-fry sunburned at our wedding! We’re getting married in Boulder, on the lawn of the St. Julien (weather permitting) in October, at noon. Before the ceremony we’ll have coffee and pastries out (it’s a Jewish thing; tell everyone to be half an hour early and reward them by thinking we’re running behind; that way they’ll all be there when we start the wedding cermony).
I figure between pre-ceremony snacks (30 minutes), the ceremony (40 minutes), and appetizers/cocktails (45 minutes), our guests will potentially be outside for +2 hours in the sun!
I did find some pump-bottles of sunscreen, that look like they’re meant to be there and not that someone left their personal tube on a table, from Rocky Mountain Suncreen. (They also do bulk sales, we’re totally ordering these pre packaged baggies with 1 oz suncreen and SPF 30 chapstick for our welcome/out of town bags.)
How do I put out sunscreen before our wedding? and what kind of sign-age would you suggest accompany it? I’m guessing that it should go on the table where the basket of kippot/yarmulkes. I’d also like to include little white ribbons, like Mrs. Dachshund. Is that too many things with explanations on one table?
Post # 3
violarulz, here is one example from Martha Stewart Weddings
Here’s another way to insert a satchet (this one’s for a seed packet, but I think you can easily adapt it)
Or maybe little presentation folders like these, either placed at the ceremony seating or passed out by your ushers…
The plus side to these presentation folders is you can include text – I’d personally favor an edited version of the Sunscreen Song. Heh. But of course you can use any meaningful love song you like with the words “sun, “sunny” “day” “bright” “light” “sunshine” etc in the lyrics…
Post # 4
Thanks for this post. We’re thinking of giving away sunscreen in our out-of-town bags, too. I guess I hadn’t thought through how much it might cost. It might be more than we can afford!
Cybele, thanks for your ideas, too.
Post # 5
Great idea to provide sunblock for your guests. I ended up buying 2 large bottles of “sport” sunblock (so that it had a neutral scent and non-greasy feel) and stuck them w/o a note on the table with our guestbook and kippot 🙂 Everyone thought it was a great idea that I provided it for them on our really sunny, HOT, wedding afternoon, and nobody mentioned that the set-up wasn’t cute enough.
The other thing I did that was really helpful is that I asked our venue to provide a water station so that guests could get glasses of water before the ceremony. Also was much appreciated.
Post # 6
With all the commentary on sunscreen being cancer-causing I am only trusting titanium dioxide so we’re going with Badger, which actually feels amazingly good and not greasy or sticky. Since it comes in bottles I was thinking of putting it in pretty labeled bags (one per row) and hanging it on the end of the row. Since everyone will be arriving early to your wedding I would simply put bottles on the tables and put out a note saying for people to help themselves. Sunscreen is self explanatory and also once one person puts some on it will get passed around very quickly. Maybe appoint a couple of friends to get things started.