There are generally two schools of thought when it comes to what you should do for your cousin, groom’s co-worker, and mother-in-law when they have to travel to your wedding. You can either completely leave them to fend for themselves, or cater to their every need. Chukkar Farm Polo Club and Event Facility has lots of experience with out of town guests and weddings so here are the rules that we like to follow to make our visitors feel right at home in Alpharetta, GA.
Remember, You Are Not an Inconvenience
The first rule to remember is this: Your wedding is not an inconvenience! You have invited your friends and family from both sides of your relationship, and it is their choice whether they would like to come or not. Do not feel as if you have to make every arrangement for them once they get to your wedding destination! If they are as good a friend to you as you are to them, they’ll be just fine with finding their own way – and paying for it too!
Don’t Skip the Details
While you are not expected to create plans for your guests, make sure that they know one way or the other. A common practice is to reserve a block of hotel rooms convenient to your reception. You don’t have to pay for them, but that at least gives your guests a chance to stay near by. If you decide not to go this route, just let them know. Communication is key.
Another important detail is the wedding itinerary. While save the dates and invitations are common place, many brides forget the importance of keeping their guests in the loop about the schedule of events leading up to and after the ceremony. Another simple mailing or even a webpage would do the trick.
What have you done for your guests if you had people coming from afar for your wedding? If you have suggestions other than these, we’d love to hear about them in the comments!