With more and more people moving around the country to further their education and careers, we are witnessing a increase in guests having to fly in for the weekend to attend a loved one's wedding. To lessen the stress on the couple and the guests, go ahead and plan for a few activities throughout the weekend that will compliment the celebrative atmosphere. Wedding guru, Ivy Jacobson from The Knot, talked to some of the best planners across the country to compile a list of the best ways to keep guests entertained during a wedding weekend:
Having a ton of family members and friends coming together for the first time is a slightly frightening -- yet wonderful -- thought. And if you're stretching your wedding celebration into a whole weekend, it can be a good idea to have festivities to keep your guests occupied while they meet and mingle. Activities are definitely not required (and not every wedding has them), but if you have a little room in your budget, it's a generous and sweet gift to your nearest and dearest who may not know the city you're getting married in too well.
Here, 11 ideas that could fit in nicely with your guest list and wedding theme, from the beginning of the weekend to the end.
1. Throw a Welcome Party
Throwing a welcome party is a great way to kick off your wedding weekend, especially since your guests will feel like old friends by the time your wedding reception rolls around. It doesn't have to be fancy at all -- laid-back is the way to go.
"If your wedding day will be spent at an upscale resort, you should consider hosting a welcome party with street tacos and infused margaritas made with local ingredients," says Katie Seefeldt, planner and owner of Wedding Kate Events. "Reserve a space along the ocean or in a private garden and bring out colorful and cozy throws to make it feel like you really want your guests to get comfortable."
The welcome party is also a good place to hand out weekend itineraries (or tuck them into your welcome bags, if you choose to have them) and brief guests on anything they'll need to know for the next few days. "Everyone feels confident when they know what to expect," Seefeldt adds.
2. Host a Hotel Hospitality Suite
If your guest list is large or your wedding is at an unfamiliar destination, consider hosting a hospitality suite at the hotel with a room block (or a centrally-located hotel) where guests can both assemble and relax."The suite can become a common meeting and hangout point throughout the weekend," says Antonia Christianson, planner and owner of Antonia Christianson Events. "It's a great place to leave snacks, beverages and fun activities for guests of all ages, and of course, reminders and details of weekend happenings."Keeping your itinerary, local maps, menus to favorite restaurants and taxi information in the suite is helpful for your guests, too.
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