Email FU Day 6
Craig y Nos Castle Weddings – what about the evening guests?
Yesterday we talked about the possibility of holding a midweek wedding, which would be best if you had a smaller wedding of around 50-day guests.
Now on a lot of enquiries that come in to Craig y Nos Castle, I see Couples fill in two numbers for their guests – one number for Day Guests attending, and a much larger number for Evening Guests.
Often there is quite a big difference between the two.
Yet in practice, because Craig y Nos Castle is a ‘destination wedding venue’, and because we are in a rural area in the Brecon Beacons, we are quite a trek for ‘evening only’ guests to make.
A 'destination wedding venue' is one you have to travel to and where you tend to have everyone stay over for the day and night. Having extra evening guests at a 'destination wedding venue' is not so practical - instead you invite everyone for the whole day.
A 'local wedding venue' is one in your own home town near to which most of your guests live, and to which evening guests can travel, and get back home from, within a 30 - 40 minute drive. Evening only guests are more likely to attend a 'local' venue than a 'destination wedding venue'.
Day guests, no problem, they will feel valued, and if invited for the whole day, they will make the effort. But evening guests, contemplating the journey for just a few hours …. well, they may not feel as valued, being invited for the evening only. They may feel it does not matter so much if they do not turn up, that their absence will not be noticed.
You are then left with fewer people coming in the evening than you thought (and may have paid for). For a wedding at Craig y Nos Castle, where you take the venue exclusively for your wedding day, it is better to invite everyone for the whole day. You'll then make full use of the castle’s exclusive rooms for ALL your guests, for the whole day.
See more on who to invite for the day and who to invite for the evening only, or whether to combine the two lists into one shorter ‘whole day list’, here:
Owner/ Craig y Nos Castle