Post # 1
Hi all, we’re working on a Grand Teton National Park wedding for July 2012. We don’t live near any family and the Tetons are only 4 hours away (we’re the closest), so we figured if everyone has to come out to see us anyway we might as well do it somewhere cool. No at home reception since no one is from our home.
Jackson Hole is uber pricy. My guests are traveling/paying a lot to get here. I feel like I need to host a welcome dinner the night before. Basically give them something every day of the weekend. Keep in mind NO rehearsal dinner – not having a wedding party.
Taking 50 or so people to a restaurant is kind of expensive. Even hosting our own BBQ/cookout at a park would be a nightmare since we’re staying in hotels ourselves.
So how about a pizza party? JGet a bunch of pizzas delivered, buy some plates and drinks, rent a pavilion at one of Jackson’s town parks and have a causal evening? So many of our friends and family will be meeting for the first time ever. I thought this would be more free than sitting at a restaurant where you can’t mingle as much.
But is it too casual? Too low brow? I mean people are vacationing in Jackson, they might want to go sample the restaurants? I just can’t treat them all at a restaurant!
I saw a park that is at the base of one of the in-town ski resorts, and it has a playground, a bouldering wall!, horseshoe pits; within walking distance from horseback riding trails, the Alpine Slide (slide down the resort on a big slide) and miniature golf. Then if people are amped, we are within walking distance of many the downtown bars.
What do you think? The wedding is not going to be formal. I’m working on a day after activty like white water rafting and a picnic.
Post # 3
A pizza party sounds great. If you want to let your guests mix/mingle a bit more and get a feel for the area, I love the pavillion in the park idea. You could do something a bit ‘fancier’ than pizza if you want to make it a little shnazzier, but apps can be expensive. Maybe there’s a stellar sandwich place or a pasta restaurant that has reasonably priced catering/to go options. Here is a websited with a good amount of JH restaurants with price info.
Sandwiches or finger foods or pizza, it sounds like a blast and a great way for your guests to get to mingle a bit!
Post # 4
@indibee: That’s a good idea! I didn’t think of casual catering places. Then it could be a bit more snazzier.
I really like the town park pavilion idea just becuse it’s at the base of the mountain (views!) and so much to do right there for guests before and after dinner and right in town. Kids will be happy to run and play after traveling. The rest of the weekend will be away from town, so a nice balance.
Post # 5
i think the pizza party is great and your best option. I wouldn’t feel obligated to entertain them everyday though. maybe they want alone time with whomever they are travelling with and want to choose what they do. So i would make all non-wedding events optional, but ask for RSVP in advance so you know how many pizzas to order.
Post # 6
Restaurant voters, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
I think I kind of have to plan something eveyrday, even if not all the people participate. My mom and sisters are already asking me what all I have planned (I’m known for my uber vacation planning skills) because they want to see me most days that they are here on vacation. I only see them 2x a year tops, so if we had just the wedding day that won’t be enough visiting.
Post # 7
I think it sound super fun!!!