If you are tying the knot at a destination location or just have a large majority of your guests traveling, you may want to consider planning some group wedding activities. When guests are traveling to a destination, it’s not uncommon for them to take an extra day or so to relax and explore the location. Having planned events they can attend will not only keep your wedding festivities going, it will allow your guests to get to know one another as well.
While the traditional rehearsal dinner and morning after brunch have basically become mainstays in the list of wedding weekend events, we are suggesting some fun, outside the box ideas to keep your guests entertained. Keep reading to learn about our top five wedding activities.
Perhaps you have a good portion of your guest list traveling to the city where you and your fiancé call home. One of our favorite wedding activities is planning a group city tour prior to your rehearsal dinner. You can work with a local company to rent a double decker bus, (perhaps a duck boat if you are in Boston), or a couple trolleys to take your friends and family for a guided tour of the city. Your group will certainly enjoy experiencing the sites of your wedding city. They will also have fun meeting your other out of town guests as well.
If people are traveling a far distance, they will often arrive to your wedding destination a day earlier than needed. If there is a home game or concert scheduled in a nearby city the day before your rehearsal, why not get a group rate and plan a night with your out of town guests. Even if they are bleacher seats, the experience will more than make up for the view!
Do you have a popular winery or brewery in your area? You can set up a group tour and a tasting for the day after your wedding. This will give your friends, family and out of town guests a great activity if they are still in the area the following day.
Perhaps the bridal party gals will be getting ready from the early morning hours, but most of your other guests will have the morning to themselves prior to the ceremony. We love the idea of setting up a morning yoga class for your hotel guests to participate in. This a great way to start the day and gear up some appetites for all the amazing food to come!
Wedding After Party
Depending on the time your wedding reception ends, you might consider planning a formal after party to keep the fun going. If your wedding ends at 10 P.M., work with a local bar or the hotel bar to block off a section for your friends and family to gather. Most bars have a last call time of around midnight or 1 A.M. This will give plenty of time for a couple more drinks and perhaps a few late night apps to round off the evening.
These are all amazing wedding activities and you can choose whichever will work best with the flow of your weekend. The best way to keep all your guests informed on what wedding weekend events are offered is to include an event list on your wedding website. If you don’t have a wedding website, there are many great companies you can use to create a personalized site for wedding specific information. When drafting your event list, be sure to only include information that pertains to anyone who visits the site. If you choose to host events for an exclusive guest list, you will want to send out separate invitations and information to only that specific group of people.
We hope you enjoyed the ideas above for some fun wedding activities. Let us know in the comments below what wedding weekend events you have planned for your guests.