(Closed) What have you learned from attending other peoples’ weddings?

posted 9 years ago in Logistics
Post # 107
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@heartly: Great add on the transportation. I’ve never gone to a wedding with this option and I’ve always found it annoying–so expensive for each guest to get a rental car after already having to splurge on the hotel, flight, gift, etc!

So, based on this, we spent $500 on a school bus from the hotel to the venue–though my husband was originally against it because it dinged the budget, we now both agree that it was the best money we spent. No one had to worry about drunk driving, we avoided parking issues, and more people stayed because they COULDN’T leave. And no one cared that it wasn’t glamorous–they were just happy to have a free ride.

We actually skipped the limo for ourselves to afford this option for our guests–we had 4 DDs (two pregnant, two non-drinkers) drive the whole bridal party to and from the event!

Post # 108
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Sunset Harbour

  • Bad music and food will ruin everything else
  • Tell your bartenders to cut off anyone who gets sloppy drunk
  • 4 hours of waiting between ceremony and reception for pictures is too damn long.
  • Dont use candles along the isle. Long dress = kicking candles over and having everyone stare at the mass of candle destruction rather than you in your gown
  • While it’s expensive for the host – open bar is the best recieved as opposed to needing to pay.

Post # 109
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Sunset Harbour

Oh – and one more I forgot!!

  • Do a recieving line right after the ceremony – going table to table means you miss a TON of your own reception because of your obligation to say hello.

Post # 110
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

These are all great suggestions! In a nutshell, I’d say to keep your guests in mind and not lose focus of why you’re there. It’s easy to get lost in making all the little details perfect, but in the end, no one’s going to remember the embossed napkin holders, they’re going to remember the food, their comfort level and the atmosphere.

Post # 111
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If you are 18+ years old you should be allowed a guest – always

Post # 112
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Ooo I like this thread!!

The only thing I’ve learned from others weddings! Is to be absolutely happy with your wedding because we can definitely feel when tension is in the room!

Post # 113
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Another thing I learned–make sure to have some seating and tables in the cocktail hour. An hour plus is a long time to stand for elderly guests and women in huge heels. It’s also hard to eat without a tabletop if you have food in one hand and a drink in another. There doesn’t have to be seating for everyone or a huge number of tables–people can take turns getting off their feet.

Post # 114
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@gardendahlia: Yeah, it’s totally clutch. I’m sure like most things it is more common in some parts of the country, and also depends on the location of the wedding. A majority of guests are out of towners in the weddings we go to as well. 

As long as there is some form of reasonably priced available transportation, I’m fine. Examples:

– Free shuttles (provided by lodge) from condos to wedding reception at a ski resort

– Subway/metro/cab availbility – I don’t mind paying, but it’s tough when there are no reasonable options to purchase your own AND none provided. Just communicate to guests what the options are and they should be happy.

– Shuttles/bus/vans provided by hosts (I’m sure it’s quite an expense, but it’s well appreciated!)

 

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