Post # 1
We are getting a party bus for our wedding party to get from the ceremony to the reception site. We will take pictures on the way…about a 2 hour time frame in all. All of my BMs are from out of town. Should I invite spouses of the Wedding Party to come or should it just be us???
Post # 3
I say if you have room for them, why not offer the option! I have been in weddings where my date had to go off alone while I took pictures and did my bridal party duties and have been in other weddings where he was able to tag along. Its really up to you. Maybe you will offer and the dates would prefer to get the party started and head straight to cocktail hour. Let them decide!
Post # 4
It’s really up to you. As a Bridesmaid or Best Man, I never ‘expect’ my date to be included, but always appreciate it – probably more so now that I’m married. However – it’s not about ME that day – it’s about the bride/groom – so I’m happy to oblige whatever they want.
If you have room, I say it would be nice to include them.
Post # 5
I think it would be awkward to have them in there with you guys. You’re going to be taking pictures after all anyways. These people are guests and they could probably use those two hours to mingle with other guests at the cocktail hour, if you’re having one.
But in the end it’s up to you, really.
Just my personal opinion.
Post # 6
I dont think its a good time to have dates or significant others come along for the ride. I mean the whole point of it, is to take pictures, pictures and more pictures. Less people there the better for everyone. Besides the dates or significant others can go to the reception hall and relax before the wedding party gets there and the party really gets started!! 🙂
Post # 7
I think it depends on the size of the bus, how close you are to the SOs, how close the reception is to the ceremony, etc. How are your bridesmaids getting back from the reception?
You certainly don’t HAVE to invite them, so don’t if you don’t want to! It is courteous to make sure they are supplied with maps or driven by people from in town to make sure they make it to the reception safely, it can be hard for out-of-towners, especially when they aren’t really connected to the other guests.
One thought, I was recently Maid/Matron of Honor for my best friend and my Fiance was not in the wedding party. He ended up being a big help when it came to rounding people up for pictures, and at the end of the night he helped me get all of the gifts and other supplies back to the bride and groom’s house. It can be helpful to have non-wedding party people who are happy to help to make sure that relatives are rounded up for pictures, that the wedding planner can be found when the entire wedding party is needed for pictures, and (I wish I had known to send him to do this) to ensure that the wedding party gets the cocktail food if pictures are still being taken while the cocktail hour is going on. Weddings are kind of a blur of activity and any help you can get is really nice.