Your Out-of-Town Wedding Guests:
Make Them Feel Welcome!
by Lisa Edd
One of the most endearing aspects of your California wedding is how loved ones come together from the four corners of the world to celebrate. And it’s not just the endless sunshine, great wine and proximity to the Pacific Ocean that attracts them to the Golden State: these guests are investing their time and money to be there for you and your fiancé. By adding a few thoughtful details to your wedding festivities, you can return the favor and make your out-of-towners feel like VIPs.
The following suggestions are meant to be helpful—don’t think that you need to do everything on the list!
Before the Event:
- Send a “save the date” card to all your guests so the out-of-towners have plenty of time to plan their trip.
- Include a list of local hotels (with either the “save the date” card or wedding invitation) with phone numbers and websites for each. If you limit your choices to three neighboring hotels (one high-end, one moderately priced, and a budget option), then larger groups of guests can conveniently meet and mingle.
- When recommending accommodations to your guests, consider choosing a hotel that will arrange a hospitality room that you can stock with snacks and beverages, like the contemporary Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills; that way, out-of-towners can gather and get to know one another before the wedding. Hotels with a lively bar scene are also great spots for travel-weary guests to unwind—Happy Hour at the unusual curved bar at San Francisco’s King George Hotel, for example, is bound to put guests in a sociable mood.
- A month before your wedding, ask your local Chamber of Commerce to send brochures of area attractions to your visiting guests so they can plan their activities during their stay. Here Comes The Guide gives you even more ideas for how to entertain your out-of-town guests at your Southern California wedding in our Article File.