As a couple who’s busily planning a day to remember, you’re certain to hear many words of wisdom as you negotiate the wedding planning process. One thing you’ll hear time and time again is that even with months (or years) of planning, your wedding will be over in a flash, which is why it’s so important to cherish every moment of your special day. But who said your wedding should be over so soon?
Wedding weekends are more popular than ever. No longer reserved for celebs and royalty, hosting a two- or even three-day wedding is now commonplace for couples with varying tastes and budgets.
There are many benefits that go hand-in-hand with hosting a wedding weekend, and contrary to popular belief, extending your celebration could make the entire occasion less stressful as EMS explains:
“Imagine a world where, on the wedding day itself, the bridal party and all the guests have had a full night’s restful sleep, and a delicious cooked breakfast with the day’s newspapers – the previous day’s travelling long forgotten. Depending on the venue, there could even be a little time for relaxing… It also provides a wonderful opportunity to relinquish any last-minute anxieties about the venue, wedding arrangements or guests meeting each other for the first time.”
With more time to enjoy this very special occasion and far less pressure for the bride and groom, wedding weekends offer the chance to continue the party and relish every moment. To help you on your way to your wedding weekend, we’re here to share our top wedding weekend planning tips.
Make the most of bank holidays
For some couples, asking guests to dedicate two or three days of their lives to their wedding may seem a lot, which is why saving the right date for your wedding weekend is important.
Whilst you won’t be able to satisfy everyone with your date selection, opting for a holiday weekend will make it easy for many of your guests to attend your wedding without worrying about work commitments.
Structure your weekend well
Whilst you no doubt have more time to play with when planning a wedding weekend, the structure remains an important part of the process. By devising a timeline, you can plan to perfection and give you, your partner, and your guests the breathing space they need to enjoy your wedding weekend.
Kicking off proceedings with a welcome party is a great way to begin. A cocktail hour style event offers a relaxed setting for guests to break the ice before the wedding itself. Incorporating a rehearsal of the ceremony is another weekend event that will help set the scene for your wedding.
Your timeline could also include a rehearsal dinner, the night before get-togethers for the bride’s and groom’s VIPS, after party, and farewell brunch alongside the wedding ceremony and reception.
Treat your guests to welcome bags
As well as hosting welcome drinks as part of your wedding weekend itinerary, setting the tone by gifting guests with welcome bags is another fantastic touch, especially if guests are travelling from afar to ring in the occasion with you.
Your basket of goodies can include everything from toiletries and treats to the timings and details of what’s to come.
Schedule some leisure time
Give guests ample opportunity to appreciate all that’s great about your carefully selected wedding venue by scheduling some leisure time in between your wedding weekend events and activities.
By leaving room for respite and relaxation, you can keep your guests entertained and happy, and enjoy some much-needed time with your partner as you take that leap into married life.