Wedding Weekends

A wedding is the perfect opportunity to spend time with those you love. However, a traditional wedding may keep you too busy as the day unfolds – getting ready with bridesmaids, walking down the aisle, cocktail hour photos, dinner and dancing. With so much to go on in a short window of time, spending time – really spending time – with friends and family may be hard to do. A [local] destination wedding, otherwise known as a wedding weekend, may be the choice for you!

A weekend wedding destination that is 1-3 hours away makes it possible for more friends and family to travel to your wedding than a traditional destination wedding. Guests can stay for one or two nights – or opt not to stay at all (think of those with young children or on a fixed income). A local wedding weekend retreat, such as The White Mountain Hotel & Resort, will extend your celebration so you can spend more time with your loved ones.

MA Wedding Reception - Weekend Weddings

Arrival: your wedding weekend may start on a Friday night with an outdoor barbeque that welcomes guests as they arrive; or opt for a formal, catered rehearsal dinner for bridal party and immediate family. Guests may join you for cocktails after dinner or arrive the following morning.

Stress-free Travel: the day of your wedding you’ll be waking up at your wedding location so no need to stress about traveling or traffic! Rather, enjoy the morning with your bridal party getting manicures and pedicures over mimosas. Consider inviting other guests to join in too!

Games & Activities: Retreat Centers often have games and activities easily accessible for guests to enjoy at their leisure. Family and friends can spend time creating warm memories with family and friends - either the morning of the wedding or the day after the wedding.

If you are having a day wedding, you’ll have the entire evening ahead of you to enjoy the company of your family and friends. Your reception may include a sit down dinner; then opt for lighter fare or late night appetizers later in the evening.

Bon Fire: at the end of the evening, consider roasting s’mores sitting around a campfire with guests. A great way to end the festive day!

Post Wedding Brunch: on the final day of your wedding weekend, offer a brunch or BBQ lunch for guests to gather one last time. This gives guests time to share their wedding day memories and say final goodbyes. Check with your photographer, videographer – even your disc jockey (checkout our Technology Trends article) – to see if they have the ability to recap the wedding day’s event in a photo montage or video clip for all to view during brunch.

MA Wedding Reception - Weekend Wedding Retreat

The wedding weekend will stray from tradition! Many offer a more relaxed feel which will suit the couple who is not looking for a formal, elaborate wedding. With many retreat venues offering garden weddings or tented celebrations, many couples lean towards a rustic wedding reception theme. If you are looking for the perfect opportunity to create lasting memories with your friends and family then consider a wedding weekend.