(Closed) Wildlife park replacing rehearsal dinner or brunch?

posted 5 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
6124 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would do the animal park outing maybe during the day before the wedding – perhaps in the morning.  Invite anyone who may be on location already, not just wedding party.  I would still provide a meal to the rehearsal dinner people, so keep a rehearsal dinner.

Does this park require RSVP?


“Would this transition well to having some animals for decoration/guidance at the wedding itself?”


The park could foreshadow the whole wedding theme.  Just to be clear, there is no use of live animals right at the wedding?



Post # 4
4659 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@gm234:  This sounds awesome! I’d personally probably do it as a “next day brunch” replacement – if you’re going to charge, that kind of rules it out as a rehearsal dinner replacement (don’t want to charge for that) but next day events are not even close to necessary so it’s not like you need to follow any expected rules or anything.

And personally I’d want to leave it until after because I think I’d relax and have fun more that way at the park (instead of worrying like you said about problems like sun and bugs… even as a guest I’d worry about that!) but that’s down to your preferences. It’s a destination wedding, so extra events can pretty much get plonked down anytime for whoever’s in town. Whenever you feel like hanging out with your guests is probably fine, I’d just lean slightly toward after.   

Anyway I think that would be way more fun than just a brunch, and I’d invite anyone who was a wedding guest and wanting to go (making clear that it’s not hosted.) You can probably just do this by word of mouth or a facebook event, instead of tagging it on the invitation… that’s what we did with our extra event (first word of mouth, then facebook event to try and get a rough headcount.) Does the park need a solid headcount in advance? If so, you’ll have to chase people down no matter what you do. If not, I’d just tell people where to meet you and when and go with whoever shows up! ๐Ÿ™‚

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