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Just Said Yes December 2021

Spouses of wedding party- where do they go??

Stephanie, on December 3, 2022 at 6:59 PM Posted in Etiquette and Advice 1 9
So on the day of our wedding, our wedding party is supposed to be with us (at the venue) at 11am (ceremony starts at 4). The venue is an hour/an hour and a half from everyone. All of our wedding party have spouses that will also be at the wedding. My question is, are they all just supposed to drive separate to the wedding ceremony? Or are they supposed to drive up with their spouses but then just wait somewhere until the ceremony starts?


I feel so bad I didn’t think about this earlier. Any advice would be great thank you!

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Latest activity by Leslie, on December 31, 2022 at 9:26 AM
  • Jm Sunshine
    Jm Sunshine ·
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    It would be nice if transportation is provided for your bridal party to the venue then their SOs can drive there later and your bridal party can ride home with their SO at the end.
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  • V
    Rockstar July 2019
    Veronica ·
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    Our wedding was about 1.5-2 hour drive for most of our wedding party with the exception of two (one was eight hours away and the other lived across the country). We had a rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding so the bridal party and their significant others stayed either at hotel or Airbnb then while the bridal party got ready their significant others did their own thing. They didn't have to drive separately since the significant others attended the rehearsal and stayed overnight as well.
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  • Erin
    Rockstar May 2022
    Erin ·
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    The partners of the people in our bridal party simply rode with their spouse and just waited around for the ceremony to start. I think some of them found cafes or shops nearby to pass the time. If providing everyone transportation is not in your budget, don’t feel bad. Usually the bridal party knows to expect to find their own way along with their spouses unless told otherwise. I was recently a bridesmaid in a wedding which we were active all day and at 3 different locations in the same city from 5 AM to 10 PM. My husband just kind of had to stick with me the whole time 🤷🏻‍♀️😬
    If your bridal party is understanding, they’ll know that trying to make things super comfortable and convenient for every single on the day of your wedding is very very expensive.
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  • Michele
    Rockstar July 2023
    Michele ·
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    My fiance was recently in a wedding and had to be at the venue prior to me. I stayed at the hotel until it was time for the bus to take the rest if us to the venue. It was nothing wierd or inconsiderate. Pretty sure it happens like this all the time.
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  • Ashlee
    Rockstar September 2022
    Ashlee ·
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    Our wedding party's spouses, stayed at the hotel near the venue and got ready separately. we arranged for transportation to the venue (specific cars) so that they didn't have to worry about two vehicles at the ceremony, etc.

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  • Samantha
    Just Said Yes November 2023
    Samantha ·
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    I was MOH in my best friend's wedding last month, and my fiancé was "adopted" by the groom and groomsmen at the venue until the ceremony began. In this case, we're very good friends with the couple so the groom didn't mind and he basically just stayed out of the way for any bridal party pictures taking place. Wedding was right in their hometown, so a shuttle service wasn't necessary.

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  • Paige
    Rockstar October 2022
    Paige ·
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    All the significant others came to our rehearsal and pretty much just hung out while we walked through everything.

    During the wedding day itself, everyone was either local or staying at the hotel we arranged a shuttle to pick everyone up from to take them to the church for the ceremony and back to afterwards. The locals just arrived for the ceremony at the same time as regular guests did, and anyone staying at the hotel took the shuttle over with everyone. Afterwards, I think they all drove over to the hotel or took the shuttle and hung out until we all got there.

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  • Jackie
    Just Said Yes August 2024
    Jackie ·
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    I would like to expand a little on this question.
    We had planned to have our wedding party seated together at a special table what did everyone do or suggest for their families? would it be ok to set the family’s at a table closest to them. Not sure on the etiquette here.
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  • Leslie
    Just Said Yes May 2023
    Leslie ·
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    I'm in the same boat, I would love feedback on this.
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