Considerations for Weekend Weddings

Alice Briggs

If you have close friends and family who live far away or you just want to minimize the stress on your big day, a weekend wedding may be perfect for you. We found a statistic that up to 80% of couples are choosing 2-3 day wedding festivities. More than rehearsal dinner the night before with the wedding the next day, these weekend events are a slower pace yet full of quality time with attendees.

A common Schedule:

Day 1 – the welcome party. A time for your friends and family to gather with you and celebrate the upcoming nuptials.

Day 2 – the main event. Breakfast or brunch in the morning. Getting ready early afternoon with the ceremony and reception late afternoon or evening.

Day 3 – the farewell brunch. A relaxed time with those you love before you take off for your honeymoon.

Some things to consider if this extended celebration sounds perfect for you:

  • Feel free to scale down the catering. Instead of one meal, you may be providing 4-5 over the weekend. Consider party platters from your favorite restaurant or simple cold cut sandwiches and veggie trays. Maybe a baked potato bar. Depending on your or your guests’ dietary preferences and needs, as well as the number of people included, you can be as creative as you need.
  • While you’re getting ready, offer your guests other activities on site or off. If you’re also planning a destination wedding, the venue will likely have options provided for you and your guests.
  • Feel free to extend the weekend out earlier, rather than after the ceremony if that works better for you and your honeymoon plans. Day 2 could be fun events for all with Day 3 the main event.

This is your day, choose the plan that suits you!