Every Event You Should Arrange for Out-of-Town Guests

Etiquette, Planning Tips
Arranging Events For Out Of Town Wedding Guests

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When it comes time for your wedding weekend, many of your guests will most likely be arriving from out-of-town. And while your only responsibility is to really offer up a suggestion for where they stay, and entertain them at your actual wedding, there's plenty of free time between their touchdown and your "I do" where they'll have nothing to do. As a courtesy, it's nice to suggest activities throughout the entire weekend. Here, our etiquette experts offer up some advise for creative ways for keeping your out-of-town guests busy throughout your wedding weekend.

Sure, your only responsibility to your guests is to entertain them during your actual courtesy, but if attendees are traveling across state lines to witness your nuptials, it's a nice gesture to outline some fun things to keep them busy during the rest of their stay. Oftentimes, brides and grooms who have time gaps between ceremony and reception or just a lot of free time in general offer up a list of local activities in their welcome package at the hotel. It's not only thoughtful, it'll make your guests's weekend that much more memorable.

During the rehearsal, friends and relatives may offer to host a barbeque or a cocktail party to welcome out-of-town guests so they don't feel stranded when they arrive. The same goes for your wedding day: If you're having an evening wedding, a close friend or family member may offer to host a luncheon for guests to get them in the wedding spirit. Last but not least, it's become popular to host a post-wedding brunch for guests at the hotel — it's just one of the many ways you can say thanks for them making the trip to see you get married!

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