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Ellen asks: “I’m having my wedding ceremony in my neighborhood church. The reception is not until much later in the evening. Our out-of-town, weekend guests will be staying at nearby motels and hotels, but the majority of our guests will be driving in from between two and three hours away. I’m at a loss as to what I can I do with/for my guests between church in the morning and the party at night?”

Dear Ellen: As a good hostess it’s your job to ensure that your guests are the most comfortable that they can be. Your quandary is not an unusual one, but the answer will require a little work on your part. Check out the area for a restaurant or lounge that might accommodate your guests and perhaps supply them with light refreshments. You will try to find a place that has a separate room where your guests can meet one another and hang out until the reception.

If you want to kick the solution up a notch, check out local hotels and motels. If it’s an off season for them, they might be willing to give you an hourly room rate and more than one couple can share a room. If your reception is being held at a hotel, the “fix” might be easier. If there is a spa in the area, you can pamper your guests with spa treatments. A hotel/motel room and a spa will each also give your guests a place to change out of morning clothing and into party clothes.

See similar topics in our other post, “The Out-of-Towners.”

To submit your own question to “The Wedding Guru,” send an e-mail to judy@hvmag.com.

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