10 must-have tips for a wedding weekend or multi-day wedding

10 must-have tips for a wedding weekend by @offbeatbride
Wedding weekend itinerary by Miranda Paperie

We get to see a lot of wedding weekends and multi-day weddings on the blog, so we love to see how couples handle their camping weddings, multi-day Indian weddings, safari weddings, and festival-style weekend-long epic parties. Here are 10 tips for a wedding weekend to make sure your guests (and you!) stay informed, entertained, happy, well-fed, and well-rested during your multi-day bash.

Send save-the-dates early — six to eight months beforehand

Try to give your guests as much time as possible to plan their travel and get good rates. Also, consider a holiday weekend for ease of getting days off of work and for any special rates that venues might have on holidays and holiday weekends.

10 must-have tips for a wedding weekend by @offbeatbride
Photo by Angelica Peady

Consider travel around the venue area

If you're planning multiple activities, try to keep them relatively close and provide transport options. Whether this information is included in a welcome bag, agenda, or provided by you, give guests an easy way to get to your soirees and fetes.

Set expectations for costs

Let guests know what they'll be expected to pay for and generally what prices might be. The best way to do this is through wording on your invitations or wedding website. Include website information for restaurants, bars, and other activities you're planning and include something like, "See menu and pricing at [website]." If you're planning to pay for an element of the fun, say something like, "This event will be hosted by the couple."

Give guidelines for dress codes for each event on your wedding website

Give your guests lots of guidelines for packing. If it's a camping wedding, recommend hiking shoes and bug spray. If it's an opulent hotel wedding, advise on how fancy to step it up. If there will be a swimming pool, let them know so they don't miss out on the fun. Here are some additional resources for helping your guests figure out what to pack:

10 must-have tips for a wedding weekend by @offbeatbride
Photo by Smitten & Hooked Photography

Send guests a weekend itinerary well in advance

This could be printed, but more likely it'll live on your wedding website. Consider sending out a mass email or a Facebook message letting everyone know that the agenda, dress code, and information is available there at least a few weeks before the wedding or as soon as you can.

Consider a welcome bag

Welcome bags are totally optional but super helpful for a wedding weekend/multi-day wedding. You can include your printed itinerary for anyone who forgot theirs (or likely never saw it to begin with), transportation information, fun, local gifts, and any helpful advice for having fun in the area.

Space out activities for maximum free time

Feel free to include quite a bit of downtime in your schedule so that nobody is overwhelmed, everyone gets time for a nap, and you don't have to be on the go the whole time. Allow for enough downtime so that guests can explore and relax… which includes you, too.

Consider childcare

If it's an option and within budget, consider hiring some local daycare/babysitters for specific events which would make late-night activities a little more adult-friendly. Wedding weekends can get long when you're carting children around the entire time.

When in doubt, hire a wedding planner to help

Don't lean too much on your wedding party and volunteers to help set up and organize the wedding weekend. Multi-day events can be HARD to plan and execute logistically. Before committing to a wedding weekend, see if a wedding planner is within your budget.

10 must-have tips for a wedding weekend by @offbeatbride
Photo by Jamie and Kelley Photography

Sample schedule for a wedding weekend (Friday-Sunday)

Friday
4:00pm Rehearsal
6:00pm Welcome drinks
7:00pm Rehearsal dinner
8:00pm Later-night low-key activity: board games, a bar crawl, karaoke, pajama party, etc.

Saturday
8:00am–10:00am continental breakfast open house
10:30am-2:00pm Low-key pre-wedding activity and lunch: hiking, bus tours, a wine tasting, and box lunches.
2:00pm-3:30pm Downtime to get ready for the ceremony
4:00pm Ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception afterwards

Sunday
9:00am–12:00pm Open house brunch

Are YOU having a multi-day wedding? What tips did we miss?

self-cater-weekend

Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME

  1. Nice and interesting tips specially being planning for weekend wedding. These given points are important factor and activities for weekend weddings. We are the best weddings planner, always focus and help on regarding this topics and provide much more services related to wedding events.

Join the conversation

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

No-drama comment policy

Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.

Biz owners & wedding bloggers

Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.