Dos and Don’t for Out-of-Town Wedding Guests
It’s a wonderful thing when your friends and family travel many miles to see you and your partner get married. However, there is a very delicate balance between welcoming and overwhelming your out-of-town guests. To make sure your loved-ones enjoy their mini-vacation to celebrate your marriage, keep these Do’s and Don’ts in mind.
DO – Create A List of Local Activities
Create an itinerary of options for your visiting wedding guests to take part in. Whether it is a list of favorite brunch spots, restaurants, nightlife, or museums, be sure to provide your guests with a host of activities that they can experience during their stay in your city.
DON’T – Make Activities Mandatory
While a list of local options is a great idea, making guests feel like they need to take part in every wedding-related get together while they are in town can become overwhelming. Those who are traveling long distances may especially want time to rest and relax after their journey. Let them know about local hot spots, but don’t be offended if they want to take a night off.
DO – Introduce Visitors to Local Flavor
A welcome basket of delicacies is a great way to make your guests feel at home. Compile your favorite local treats, micro-brews, or other small souvenirs that they can take with them when they return home. Or, provide them with a small gift certificate to your favorite restaurant or attraction so they have incentive to get out and explore.
DON’T – Leave Them To Fend For Themselves
While you don’t want to overwhelm your guests, it’s also not a good idea to leave them totally on their own. Chances are, you are the only person they know in the entire city, so be sure to give them to option to attend any activities you take part in. Sometimes, people simply need an invitation to feel welcome.
DO – Make The Most of Your Time Together
With all of the craziness leading up to the wedding, it can be easy to let certain responsibilities fall to the wayside. However, if there are friends and family who travelled a long way to wish you well, be sure to spend an adequate amount of time and show your appreciation. Even a small conversation can make a big difference to someone who flew or drove hours to be with you on your big day.
DON’T – Be Offended if They Leave A Little Early
Everyone has different obligations when it comes to their jobs or their lives. If someone needs to leave immediately after the ceremony to catch a flight or can’t arrive in time to make the rehearsal dinner, don’t make them feel guilty. Traveling take a lot of time, and them making an effort to attend your wedding should be gift enough.