Having out-of-towners staying with you around the wedding? That can be either a joy or a huge undertaking depending on how many and who they are. They might be built-in wedding helpers or big distractions from you wedding weekend to-do list. Either way, we're here to help you make the best impression on your guests while they're staying in your humble abode. If you've got the time and are jonesing to impress (NOT REQUIRED!), here are our tips for how to host out-of-town wedding guests at your wedding.
TIP: don't forget that if you've got the money/resources, some of this can be outsourced to professionals or helpful family or friends. If you can delegate, do it.
Do a deep clean
Make sure the guest room(s), bathrooms, and common areas are passably clean and definitely have clean sheets and towels available. Or if you're already tidy, give it a deep clean. You'll feel better that it's all clean after the wedding anyway.
Have essentials available
Just like a welcome bag at a destination wedding, having essentials available to your guests will make them feel at home and welcomed (and will prevent you having to run out and grab missing items during the wedding weekend itself).
- Make room in a closet or dresser to hang clothes
- A luggage rack for suitcases
- Spare toothbrush
- Mini bottles of body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion
- Cotton swabs
- Something to read: books or magazines
- Bottled water or a pitcher
- Extra blankets and towels (and maybe an extra pillow)
- Spare rolls of toilet paper
- Feminine hygiene products
Extra credit (only if you're over-achieving here):
- Candy (chocolates on the pillow — oo la la!)
- TV in their room
- A lint roller
- Portable steamer
Give the comfiest spots to older guests
If your guests are young and spry, you can house them on the couch, but older guests or guests with special needs may need to take your room or the comfier of the rooms available. Consider housing them on the main floor, if there's a room available.
Provide instructions as needed
Provide your wi-fi password, instructions for complicated televisions and remotes, alarm systems, weird showers, etc. Also include any important phone numbers they may need.
Provide a key and points of interest
If your guests will be around for a while, consider providing them with a key and a list of cool haunts in the area so you know you'll end up with private time and they'll have the freedom to come and go easily. Trust me, it'll benefit all of you in the long run.
Need more tips for a wedding weekend?
Are you hosting guests for the wedding? What tips would you add?