Getting married is a joyous time, but the days leading up to the Big Day can bring on a lot of stress and some logistical problems. One big challenge is what to do about out of town wedding guests. Whether they are distant relatives, college buddies or childhood friends, creating a balance between spending quality time with them and finalizing preparations can be a challenge.
Etiquette states that out of town guests are responsible for their own accommodations, but it is customary for the bride and groom to offset the cost, if possible. Many wedding venues in Ontario are located in hotels, so that may make finding accommodations a little easier. There may even be a group rate available as part of your wedding package. If the wedding is off-site or at an establishment that doesn’t have guests accommodations, you should find alternatives for your guests to choose from in a variety of price ranges. There’s also an option of arranging space with in-town friends and relatives.
Making Your Wedding Guests Feel Welcome When You’re Pressed for Time
It’s essential to greet your visiting guests as soon as possible after their arrival. even if it’s just a quick phone call to tell them you’re happy they arrived safely and look forward to seeing them. Don’t feel pressured to micromanage every second of their stay. It makes things harder for you, and they may even resent not having a little time to themselves amid all the pre-wedding chaos.
Do try to arrange at least one or two get-togethers before the main event for those who will be staying in town for a few days. If budget is a concern, it can be as simple as an informal brunch or even a pizza and movie night at your home. One thing you should do for all out of towners is to put together a welcome package. After all, they’re spending time and money to travel, sometimes from a great distance, to join in your celebration. It needn’t be anything extravagant. A simple gift bag with some goodies, maybe a map of the local area with points of interest and a personal note of welcome and thanks.
What to Do in the Aftermath
If you’re not immediately leaving for a honeymoon trip, a post-wedding breakfast for your wedding guests is a nice touch. For those who are leaving right after the reception, this duty can be handled by parents or close family friends. Again, it needn’t be extravagant, and your hotel may even include it as part of the wedding package.
Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and sharing it with those you love, near or far, will make it even more memorable. It’s possible to take care of those last-minute details while still tending to obligations to your wedding guests. It just takes a little time management and planning.