Planning a weekend wedding

Guests enjoying welcome drinks

Congratulations! You’re engaged and ready to start planning your dream wedding. If you’re considering planning a weekend wedding, you’re in for a treat! A weekend wedding is a fantastic way to celebrate with family and friends over a longer period of time. Plus, you get to make the most of your special day by turning it into an entire weekend affair.

But where do you start with planning a weekend wedding? It can seem daunting, but fear not, we’re here to help. In this post, we’ll be sharing our top tips for planning a weekend wedding that you and your guests will never forget.

1. Choose the perfect location

The first step to planning a weekend wedding is choosing the perfect location. You want a venue that can accommodate your guests for the entire weekend, including overnight accommodations. Look for venues that offer plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces, so you have options for both your ceremony and reception. Consider the location and accessibility, as well as any activities or attractions nearby that your guests might enjoy during downtime.

Planning a weekend wedding

2. Give your guests plenty of notice

Since a weekend wedding involves more than just one day of celebration, it’s important to give your guests plenty of notice. You’ll want to send save-the-dates as soon as possible so that your guests can plan accordingly. Consider including a schedule of events for the weekend, so your guests know what to expect and can plan.

3. Plan activities for your guests

A weekend wedding is a great opportunity to plan activities for your guests beyond just the wedding ceremony and reception. Consider organising a welcome party on Friday night or a brunch and pool party on Sunday morning. You could also plan group activities like wine tasting, clay pigeon shooting for the boys or a fun day out exploring the local area. This will help to make your wedding weekend even more memorable for your guests.

4. Don’t forget about the details

With a weekend wedding, there are more details to consider than just a one-day event. You’ll need to think about things like transportation for your guests between the venue and accommodation, as well as meals and refreshments for the entire weekend. Consider hiring a wedding planner to help you with the details, so you can focus on enjoying your special weekend.

Welcome dinner

5. Keep things relaxed and fun

Finally, it’s important to keep things relaxed and fun throughout the weekend. A weekend wedding can be a more laid-back affair than a traditional one-day wedding. You’ll have more time to spend with your guests and enjoy each other’s company. Consider incorporating fun touches like lawn games or pool parties with some live music to keep things light and playful.

In conclusion, planning a weekend wedding can seem daunting, but with the right approach, it can be a truly magical experience. Choose the perfect location, give your guests plenty of notice, plan activities, don’t forget about the details and keep things relaxed and fun. With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to planning a weekend wedding that you and your guests will never forget.

Planning the perfect weekend wedding

Photography: Boy Called Ben & Taylor-Hughes Photography

At Claire Do Monte weddings we understand how important your wedding day is, and we’re here to help you plan a wedding that exceeds your expectations. If you’re considering a weekend wedding, you can contact me here or email me at to discuss your options and start planning the wedding of your dreams.