DIY Bride #17: Out of State Guests

Things are planning wonderfully and fictiscious Chris Evans and I have a lot of friends and family coming in from out of state. What are we going to do with them??

In a perfect world (like marrying fictiscious Chris Evans isn’t in a perfect world), we could all put up our family and friends in 5-star hotels and they never have to pay a dime. Maybe everyone can stay at our summer villa…. as I stumble awake from my dreams.

If you have a summer villa or enough dough to rent out the whole floor at the Waldorf, then it’s likely you don’t need to read a ‘how to plan your own wedding’ blog; you have a wedding planner to sort this for you.

Unfortunately, your out of town guests are going to need to pay for their own rooms and travel – and that’s okay – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to demonstrate your appreciation for them to attend your wedding.

Welcome to your Wedding!

Little demonstrations of appreciation go a long way to really making their trip worthwhile and make a lasting good impression.

  1. If they aren’t renting a car from the plane or train, pick them up. It’s a personal touch they will take to heart.
  2. Have a Welcome basket ready for them in their room, whether they’re staying at a hotel or with you or friends, a little something will go a long way.
  3. Give them dinner. It doesn’t have to be at a fancy restaurant, BBQ at home or even gift cards to a local restaurant are good enough to extend the feeling of appreciation.
  4. Give them a special table. Guests who come all the way from another state at their own personal expense should be seated at a special table. It doesn’t need to be visually different from the other tables, but you want it to be in a good location at the venue.
  5. Give them a personal good-bye. Even if you are on your honeymoon, make damn sure you personally call (not text or email) your out of town guests to thank them for their attendence. Let them know exactly how they impacted your special day and how much you appreciate them.

The goal here is to have your guests – who travel on their own expense – not regret the trip. Happy guests make your special day all that more fun and enjoyable. 

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