How To Plan a Multi-Day Wedding Celebration
Multi-day weddings are becoming more popular with couples all over the world, but they’re not new! Traditionally associated with some Asian cultures, where weddings are held over three to four days, Scottish multi-day weddings are now more common than ever before.
As we all know, COVID-19 cancelled thousands of weddings across Scotland and the world, which forced couples to reschedule their big day. With many couples missing out on that precious quality time because of isolation and lockdowns, many are opting for multi-day celebrations to regain that lost time with loved ones.
Yet how can you spread a wedding ceremony over two or more days? Many couples are including activities into their itinerary such as spa trips, golfing days, brunches, bus tours of the city etc. These make the experience of getting married and being surrounded by friends and family more personal, with weddings becoming more creative and unique following the pandemic. 85% of couples are choosing a multi-day wedding, an increase of 35% following COVID-19.
Weddings are one of the most important and elaborate celebrations you can experience, so why not make it last as long as you can?
Here are some top tips for planning your multi-day wedding:
- Make sure you book your dates early
It is difficult enough trying to book a date for a one-day wedding, and that only becomes trickier when more days are included. Ensure your guests have plenty of notice too, so that they can come to the whole event. Consider hiring the venue for the full weekend to act as a base for everyone and build activities around that.
- The costs will be higher…sorry!
Weddings are expensive anyway, so spreading out the celebrations will only add costs. However, this doesn’t mean that it needs cost a fortune to be special. Factor everything into your budget, to make sure you aren’t coming across any surprises at the time! Also, be very clear to your guests about how much the wedding celebrations will cost them, if anything.
- Don’t get carried away on the first night
Now that you’re celebrating for a weekend or few days, don’t party too hard on day 1. If you and your guests like a good party, maybe save this for day 2 or 3, depending on the length of your wedding. To be sure, you could try asking the venue to shut their bar a little earlier on the first night, which will hopefully keep the heads clear for the big day.
- Keep travel in between activities/venues to a minimum
If your main venue can’t host everything for you, consider visiting other places that are local, to minimise travelling time and cost for you and your guests - this is easier if you’re planning a city wedding.
- Plan, plan plan…but don’t enforce
Of course, you want your guests to have fun and enjoy the activities you have organised for them, but if some loved ones don’t fancy it, don’t force it! They’re guaranteed to have more fun doing what they feel comfortable with. Also, make sure to leave time in your schedule too. This will allow for any unforeseen last-minute errands, or extra time to relax and cherish the moments with your friends and family.