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#171 kellip17

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    Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:04 AM

    Hi ladies!  What are your weekend itineraries looking like?  Have you posted your itinerary on your websites yet?  I'm thinking I need to do this before I send out invites so that people have the info to decide how long to stay, when to arrive, etc.  Mine is still a work in progress but here is what I'm thinking.  Keep in mind we are NOT doing an all-inclusive resort.

     

    Wed- Welcome Cocktail Hour @ resort (we will have booze and appetizers)

    Thursday- Wedding

    Friday- Beach party at a local beach bar (this is an optional event, I'm just going to say this is where we will be if people want to join us)

    Saturday- people are on their own (I will provide info on tours and various activities)

     

    Do I have enough stuff planned?



    #172 agm04

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      Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:50 PM

      Originally Posted by kellip17 

      Hi ladies!  What are your weekend itineraries looking like?  Have you posted your itinerary on your websites yet?  I'm thinking I need to do this before I send out invites so that people have the info to decide how long to stay, when to arrive, etc.  Mine is still a work in progress but here is what I'm thinking.  Keep in mind we are NOT doing an all-inclusive resort.

       

      Wed- Welcome Cocktail Hour @ resort (we will have booze and appetizers)

      Thursday- Wedding

      Friday- Beach party at a local beach bar (this is an optional event, I'm just going to say this is where we will be if people want to join us)

      Saturday- people are on their own (I will provide info on tours and various activities)

       

      Do I have enough stuff planned?

      I think that sounds like a nice plan!  We're not all inclusive either, and most people will only be coming for a long weekend.  Here's our schedule, and I did post it on our website.  I'm also sending out a pretravel brochure that has an itinerary.

       

      Fri - happy hour on the beach (we're having bartenders come in with a bar and make drinks in fresh coconuts and local beer), then a bus will pick everyone up and take us all to the rehearsal dinner.

      Sat - wedding and reception

      Sun - champagne brunch

       

      And I also put ideas for activities on our website and brochure.  There's no way we could have added another event - besides the fact that our budget is pretty stretched to the max, I think people enjoy having a little time to themselves!



      #173 agm04

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        Posted 26 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

        I forgot to say that we had people RSVP to each individual event.  Here's what our RSVP cards look like.

         



        #174 Billandstina

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          Posted 26 January 2013 - 06:23 PM

          Very shnazzy! What a great RSVP card!



          #175 kard613

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            Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:58 AM

            We don't have anything formal planned besides the actuall wedding although we will probably include some information about informal welcome drinks at the hotel bar one or two nights. We have guest arriving anytime between Saturday and Wednesday for our Thursday wedding with most people leaving on Saturday and we don't want people to feel pressured to do anything they don't want to do. As much as its a celebration for our wedding its also some of our guests only vacation of the year. That being said, those RSVP cards were a great idea!

            #176 MK0386

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              Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:13 AM

              Hi ladies!  What are your weekend itineraries looking like?  Have you posted your itinerary on your websites yet?  I'm thinking I need to do this before I send out invites so that people have the info to decide how long to stay, when to arrive, etc.  Mine is still a work in progress but here is what I'm thinking.  Keep in mind we are NOT doing an all-inclusive resort. Wed- Welcome Cocktail Hour @ resort (we will have booze and appetizers) Thursday- Wedding Friday- Beach party at a local beach bar (this is an optional event, I'm just going to say this is where we will be if people want to join us) Saturday- people are on their own (I will provide info on tours and various activities) Do I have enough stuff planned?

              I think that sounds great! We only have a couple things planned as this is more than likely the only vacation for many of our guests as well. Plus I don't want it to feel busy and overly scheduled. I want to be able to relax and not look at the time. Also, I think my maid of honor is planning a bridal brunch one day so that's another "event" for me. Ours looks like this: -Wed night- "White Out Welcome Party" - a welcome dinner where we asked everyone to wear their favorite white attire -Thurs- rehearsal dinner for immediate family and wedding party -Fri- wedding with private cocktail hour and reception -Sat- Farewell Brunch Everything except the brunch is a "private event" and since we are also trying to watch our budget the brunch will really just be casual and more of a "try to all sit in the same area at one specific restaurant" if that makes sense. We MIGHT make the brunch private but as of now we aren't. I didn't want to "over plan" so that's why we aren't planning group excursions or anything like that.

              #177 natalieblev

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                Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:30 AM

                All the planning you ladies have done sounds great!! I especially love the RSVP on the invites! Such a great idea, but too late for me haha! Im using my wedding website to get guests to RSVP to the excursions/events planned.

                We are at an all inclusive though and I am also working with an amazing company that runs excursions- he basically had me just highlight a few of the excursions i thought some guests would want to do and then have  aplanned day where they could sign up for it so that if a number of guests do feel like doing a certain one they can do it together rather than on separate days. I only have one actual excursion where i hope everyone will attend!

                Here is what my working schedule looks like

                 

                Sat- guests arrive, Welcome cocktails after dinner (which is really just all meeting in the same place at the same time to enjoy our free drinks!)

                Sun- open, enjoy the resort day!

                Mon- afternoon sunset happy hour cruise including snorkeling and a champagne toast during sunset. (THis is the one i hope everyone will go)

                Tues- Bach parties at night so open all day unless the guys want to go fishing or golfing

                Wed- Ziplining or Dolphin swim or of course hanging at the resort, then that night is a rehearsal dinner for everyone

                Thurs- Wedding

                Fri- Unsure

                Sat- Homebound! 

                 

                Guests can do whatever they want really, it is up to them. I just wanted to work with this excursion company cause he has way better prices then the hotel and I have heard personally great reviews about his services.  But it isnt expected...like I know my sisters and I want to swim with dolphins, but I can guarantee my uncle does not! haha. So really just hoping everyone will make it their own vacation, but that i wouldnt be slacking on things to do for us together! 



                #178 Billandstina

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                  Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:55 AM

                  Y'all are inspiring me to be more pro-active in arranging an excursion! I was thinking the Sunday after the wedding (Saturday night) because some guests leave on Monday but I'm not sure what state of fragility everyone will be in from the wedding so I don't know if it would be a waste...hmmmm...any thoughts? Just make it optional? But then I'll feel awful if nobody shows up. Or maybe arrange the dolphin swims for that day? And a fishing excursion for the men who wanted to go? Just stinks cuz then I know my future husband would want to do that and I'd really love to spend our first day married doing something together (sea sick on a deep sea fishing boat doesn't sound like the way I want to spend the first day of the rest of our lives! Lol).

                  #179 catgirl

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                    Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:36 AM

                    I have on my list to work on a timeline for weekend.

                     

                    This is what we were thinking high level.

                     

                    Thursday - Guests are arriving, so probably a meet and greet in one of the bars at the resort after dinner so we can pass out welcome bags

                    Friday - Open all day, wedding at 5:00

                    Saturday - Open and hang with guests

                    Sunday - travel home

                     

                    We are not doing a wedding week, just a weekend and we fly home Sunday too.  



                    #180 Jessicalynne

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                      Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:54 AM

                      We're just going to let the guests pick if/what they want to do as far as excursions go when we get there. They usually have stuff set up in the lobby so you can sign up for whatever you want the day of or the day before. 

                       

                      It's one less thing you have to set-up and plan :)






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