We are planning our rehearsal and rehearsal dinner the day before, then our wedding day, and then, since it's a destination wedding for almost all our guests, we setup an event for the day after our wedding for those interested in attending.
Unless we decide different, just the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner tge night before. Then the big day. May do a bridesmaid luncheon as a thank you. But not not planning to have any other events during that week/end.
We had a bunch of events. It was great to see my family / friends more than just the whirlwind wedding day.
Thursday: Immediate family that was already in town came to our house for dinner. Picked up family packs of BBQ for everyone. Friday: Breakfast with my immediate family, nails with my mom and 1 friend, rehearsal dinner, open invites to meet us at a bar after rehearsal dinner. We only paid for the rehearsal dinner. Probably 75% of our out of town guests met up with us.Saturday: Wedding / spur of the moment after party. Sunday: Brunch with immediate family and a few close friends. Ended up meeting some other friends at a bar in the afternoon.
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You could host a Welcome Party on Friday if you have a lot of out of town guests! Or even if not, you could do a casual pizza party at a local restaurant, or even something as simple as lawn games and snacks/beverages in your backyard. Are you doing a rehearsal/rehearsal dinner? You could do that Saturday either late morning/early afternoon (and do brunch after) or Saturday evening. The other thing too - you don't *have* to do any events outside your wedding if they're not in the budget or even if you just don't want to. It's your wedding weekend, you'll find a way to make it exactly how you imagine it!
We live 2.5 hours away from our venue. I’m taking an airplane shuttle down & renting a car the Monday before our wedding. Making bouquets in the morning & Bachelorette party on Tuesday; Wednesday last minute errands; Thursday rehearsal & rehearsal dinner; Friday get our COVID tests, nail & pedicure appointment with my sister; Saturday is the Big day. His parents wanted to do a brunch the day after but we really don’t want to. We’re going to get laundry done & open presents. Repack our bags & fly out Monday morning to Jamaica!
We had a rehearsal dinner the night before (it was more of a 'welcome dinner' because we included out of town guests) and we also hosted a farewell brunch the morning after our wedding at the restaurant inside of the hotel where we had our hotel block, also for out of town guests and all extended family members.
My friends traveled from all other the country so they came in on Friday for our Sunday wedding. I had an informal dinner (I made food for everyone) and drinks at my house Friday night. I took them around the area Saturday and then at night we had drinks and dinner at the hotel. We had a very small wedding due to covid and getting to spend that extra time with friends was amazing
We are planning on having our guests tell us when they will be here (it’s destination for 98% of guests-some will be here for 10 days) and activities they want to do. From that we want to plan different events like snorkeling/beach day, night on the town, etc. based on popular responses and common days in town.
I will be so busy on Friday trying to set up the venue. Then Friday evening setting up the church for ceremony & rehearsal. Then Saturday wedding dat night help clean up and Sunday morning finish cleaning the venue & turn in the keys.
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I would like to petition to add more hours in the day for Friday. If we could just extend the day a little bit that would be great. Not sure how im gona fit setup of venue + church + rehearsal + rehearsal dinner. But yes you’re right, wedding Saturday will be a good day.