Extend the wedding celebrations
There are many reasons to consider a wedding weekend, including:
More quality time together
Many couples find that their wedding day goes so fast. By extending it to an entire weekend, you can continue the celebrations for a little longer. This also allows you to spend more quality time with all your friends and family. It takes the pressure off the big day too, as you know you have plenty of time with everyone. After the last two years in particular, we’re all appreciating that time with loved ones even more.
A chance to treat your loved ones
By hosting a wedding weekend, you’re offering your guests the opportunity to enjoy a unique and fun few days. You could start by treating your closest loved ones to an intimate gathering on Thursday evening, then kick off the weekend by having the rest of your guests join on Friday for a drinks party. Be sure to account for some downtime throughout the weekend so your guests can catch up with one another and explore the area.
Share what you’re passionate about as a couple
Extending your celebration over several days allows you to put together a variety of events and activities that reflect you as a couple. Are you big gin lovers? Set up a gin tasting as your welcome drinks. Are you keen hikers? Arrange a hike for everyone on the day before your nuptials. Including your friends and family in the activities you love as a couple will make the weekend even more special.
Your wedding weekend itinerary
Just like your wedding day, there are no rules to your wedding weekend. There are an infinite number of ways to celebrate in a way that suits you. But as an example, your wedding weekend could look a little something like this:
On Thursday, your closest friends and family arrive for a welcome dinner. You’ll have a chance to introduce people who perhaps haven’t met before now. After dinner you gather around the campfire or play board games. This is a chill, low key way to get people in the festive mood. Or, maybe you find yourselves up on the dance floor, celebrations starting as you mean them to go on.
Friday starts with a hearty breakfast, followed by an activity, like a hike, lawn games, a boat trip, or a stroll around the local area. More of your loved ones arrive throughout the day, with everyone coming together for a BBQ in the evening. You can feel the excitement in the air as the wedding day draws closer.
It’s now Saturday. The big day has arrived! Your wedding venue is alive with a buzz of activity and anticipation as everyone gears themselves up for the celebrations. Your ceremony and reception go off without a hitch. You’re married!
Finally, Sunday rolls around. You and your guests relive your favourite moments from the day over brunch, before embarking on the journey home, complete with wonderful memories of an incredible weekend.