Always include the three staples on your wedding map: where to find the best burger joint in town, who has the best pizza, and where can someone go to enjoy a great big salad. Include a variety of cuisine types, including those which offer vegetarian cuisine. Include a fancy place, a family-friendly place, and good cheap eats.
Anyone can find a Starbucks using Google or Apple maps, but what you want to include on your wedding map are the locally owned coffee shops. The gems, the funky places, the cool spots. Including a coffee shop with indoor and outdoor seating as well as Wi-Fi would be ideal.
Encourage your guests to move their bodies by including lovely walks and hikes in the area. You’ll know your guests the best but a good rule of thumb is to pick an easy walking path, a more challenging hike, and one with handicap-accessible paths. If you have a biking crowd coming include bike trails, and if your wedding is in a coastal location include your favorite beach and snorkeling locations.
You may not be a shop-till-you-drop kind of person but guaranteed there will be people on your guest list who LOVE to shop! Help them out by identifying the cool and unique shops or shopping areas on your wedding map. Make sure to think locally on this one as well and support the small business owners! Include chocolate shops, clothing boutiques, specialty food shops, local art galleries, arts and crafts guild shops, jewelry shops, antiques, and locally-owned book stores.
Traveling to an area for a fun event like a wedding is also an opportunity to explore that area’s wine, beer, and distillery options. If you don’t personally partake in these liquids no worries, you can ask friends or vendors in the area for their favorite spots. Your guests will definitely appreciate it if your wedding map provides recommendations in places like Northern California where there are hundreds of delicious establishments to choose from.
What makes this area unique? Where can you send your guests that will give them a good sense and feel of this place? Think indoor and outdoor on this one: Art museums, parks, historical landmarks, children’s museums, amusement parks, farmer’s markets, outdoor crafts fairs and flea markets, and music festivals. Include an outdoor public gathering place in a park that has a gazebo or shelter where small groups of guests can gather to visit or get to know one another.
You are throwing a big ol’ party, it’s probably best to assume that some late-night munchies will need to be satisfied! Include on your wedding map at least one food truck or restaurant that is open late and your night-owl guests will be very appreciative.
Chances are you have at least a bit of history with the area where you are getting married, even if you only visited it once to make sure it was your ideal destination wedding spot. Your guests will love the connection they will have with you if you can point them to a place that is personal to you – where you met, where you had your first date or a special moment, where you got engaged, where you used to work, where you love to walk your dog. If you provide them with a chance to be in the same place that is special to you, they will love you for sharing that with them.
Where are your guests staying? If you have reserved blocks of rooms at hotels or several AirBnBs, make sure to include those on your wedding map. Your guests will appreciate knowing where their home base is located, and where other guests will be staying. They can also see where they are in relation to all the other locations on your personal wedding map, which will help them gauge the time factor in traveling from place to place.
Last but certainly not least, you will definitely want to include your scheduled events on your wedding map! Where do people need to be, and at what time? Adding that information to your map will help your guests arrive at the ceremony & reception, as well as any other scheduled activities, on time.
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