Many couples opt for weekend weddings, extending the celebration and time they are able to spend with loved ones. Guests are able to relax, unpack their suitcases and embrace all your chosen venue has to offer. Putting together the weekend wedding timeline can feel overwhelming at first.
You need to ensure that the weekend keeps moving and that everyone is taken care of. A balance of relaxing moments that guests can have to themselves and activities which keep everyone entertained will be important to ensure there are no awkward or quiet moments.
With the right mix of activities you can host your guests in beautiful surroundings, relaxing environments and give them time to reconnect with friends and family. Exclusive use venues become your home from home and provide a stage in which to wow your guests with special experiences.
My basic outline of events to consider when putting together your weekend wedding timeline is below, but always remember to personalise and adapt your special day.
For those early arrivals think about a welcome activity, something which will bring your guests together, reconnect family who haven’t seen each other in a while and be relaxing yet fun. Perhaps there is a walk round your venue which takes in the sites, a trip to the driving range or a spa treatment.
A must would be a dinner, this could be as formal or informal as you’d like. An intimate and decadent meal with your close wedding party or a bigger affair with entertainment and a party atmosphere. Don’t go too wild though, you’ll all want to feel fresh for the morning.
Day two will feel more obvious in your planning timeline. Remember to organise a breakfast for your guests as well as yourself, and then you’ll want to go ahead and organise your ceremony for early afternoon and wedding reception to follow.
If any of your guests are staying offsite of your venue then remember to organise carriages home for them!
Everyone is usually feeling tired but full of love from a glorious weekend. They’ll be thinking of nursing headaches, packing bags and making the journey home however this a nice time to share stories of the weekend and the wedding, say thank you to your loved ones and spend those last few hours together. A brunch with mimosa’s and Egg Benedict is a great way to do this.
Weekend weddings in luxury private estates and exclusive use venues, whether a country home, boutique hotel or destination can be as formal or informal as you’d like. My couples enjoy stylish affairs with tasty food and a great party. Extending your celebration allows you the opportunity to celebrate and spend time with family and friends in a home from home, laid back yet luxurious environment.
If you’d like to discuss your weekend wedding in the UK then I’d love to hear from you, email me here!