Post # 1
The bridal party will be getting ready at a hotel and we need to travel to an arboretum, where pictures will be taken, and then the ceremony/reception site. My FH and I will be taking our first look photos at the arboretum for 15 mintues before bridal party photos begin. I’m trying to figure out logistics of how everyone gets to the arboretum. My FH thinks that the full bridal party, including me, should take a limo bus and he’ll meet us there, so he doesn’t see me in advance. But, I think it’s odd to hang out with his groomsmen before he has even seen me. It also means the bridal party will be waiting on a limo bus for 15 minutes as we take photos. Does this make sense? Or is there a better option? We could rent a seperate car for me (b/c my dress won’t fit in a regular car), but that’s an added expense and my FH thinks the additional car will be another logistical thing to have to manage.
Post # 3
I like your FI’s idea except that I’m not sure how he would get the car to the ceremony unless he didn’t ride in the bus or if he left it there. Maybe someone can drop him off?
For me it wouldn’t have been a problem hanging out with the Groomsmen as I am friends with all of them as well. Do you know them fairly well? Our Wedding Party hung out in the limo bus when we were doing our receiving line. Pretty sure they had a good time as they were blasting music and drinking when we finally got to the bus! I think they will be fine for 15 minutes.
Post # 4
I think it will be fun for you to ride with the girls and for him to come with the guys in a separate car. Plus if the guys are taking the hotel shuttle then you won’t have to worry about how your groom’s car gets back to the hotel.
And as far as waiting – my bridal party waited for some pictures for us and it didn’t seem to be a big issue with any of them. Fifteen minutes is a pretty short time to be waiting around and it IS your special day…I’m sure no one will mind. And if it was me, I personally wouldn’t mind waiting – especially if I had some champagne to sip on in the meantime! 😀
Post # 5
Thank you for the reassurance that waiting won’t be a problem for the bridal party. I’ll make sure we have some drinks and music for them.
The groom could easily have someone drop him off, so I’m not too worried about that. I’ve never met three of his five groomsmen, but I’m not worried about being uncomfortable with them. It just seemed odd that they’d see me before he does, but I guess that isn’t a big deal.