Extended Wedding Weekend 101

Extended Wedding Weekend 101

  These days, many couples are taking a new approach to their long-anticipated wedding event. With so much planning that goes into and the time it takes to do so, some engaged couples decide to prolong the festivities by turning their wedding into an extended wedding weekend. It’s over before you know it, so why not turn it into a weekend celebration? Here, our team shares their ideas for planning an extended wedding weekend.

Have a Welcome Party
If you have guests coming in from out of town or you have guests that you haven’t seen in awhile, consider having a welcome party. This is an excellent opportunity to greet your friends and family in a more relaxed environment. With all the craziness of the ceremony and reception, it can sometimes be difficult to spend time with particular guests and catch up. Having a welcome party will provide extra time to spend a little bit of extra time with those who may deserve the extra attention. A welcome party should take place a day or two ahead of the wedding. Whether you decide to host it, or it takes place in a separate location, try to keep it somewhere that will give you a great atmosphere to mingle with your guests. Consider inviting all of your out-of-town guests as they would probably appreciate the additional time with you and your fiance.

Host a Rehearsal Dinner

Having a rehearsal dinner can be beneficial in a few different aspects. Not only is a great opportunity to get everyone together for extra mingle time, it is also an ideal time to present any attendant gifts. Considerwedding weekend presenting the parents or any other guest that was helpful in the planning process with a token of your appreciation. Rehearsal dinners usually take place a day or two before the wedding. Try to invite your wedding party, close family members, and maybe even your officiant. This is a great opportunity to set the tone for the wedding and kick start the festivities for a memorable weekend. Consider inviting your wedding photographer as it could be an excellent opportunity to capture some amazing and meaningful photos to remember your extended wedding weekend.

Have a Farewell Brunch
Nothing wraps up a beautiful wedding weekend like a memorable farewell brunch. It provides the perfect opportunity to wind down and enjoy the last few moments with the friends and family before the weekend comes to a close. This normally takes place the morning after the weekend in the late morning around 10:00 or 11:00ish. That way, you aren’t taking up too much of the afternoon in case any out-of-town guests are anxious to get back home. Consider inviting the close family members as well as the out-of-towners. There are no specifics to having a farewell brunch. Perhaps make it a pot-luck where everyone brings a favorite breakfast dish or have it catered if possible. Check out Bell’ InVito for some more great ideas for a farewell brunch!

However you decide to spend your glorious wedding event, make sure that you take enough time to recognize and appreciate all the wonderful people that surround you. Extended wedding weekends are perfect for doing exactly that!