Gone are the days of a wedding consisting of only a Friday night rehearsal dinner and Saturday wedding day. More recently, wedding celebrations are taking place over the span of a 4-day period (think Thursday - Sunday), especially for destination weddings. If you chose to have a long wedding weekend, we recommend that you arrange activities and experiences for your guests. Not only does this allow your guests to get to know one another, but also gives them the opportunity to sightsee and enjoy the surrounding areas. Here are a few examples of experiences we’ve shot and seen.
Skeet shooting, horseback riding, archery, and hiking on dude ranches. For locations near the water like Lake Como, boat rides are always a popular activity. For a wedding in Greece, we’ve seen wedding guests taken on excursions to nearby islands. In popular Italian locations like Tuscany or Puglia, cooking classes and wine tastings are always a hit. For winter weddings in mountain areas like Aspen or Jackson Hole, there’s no better way to enjoy the area than skiing, so provide guests with lift passes.
Even on your wedding day, you can arrange a morning activity for your guests. An example would be a beach party that allows guests to soak up the sun and dip in the water before the ‘I dos’. Just make sure it ends by 1pm or so, giving guests time to rest and get ready. Everyone will love these happening wedding experiences—trust us! Now as far as photography is concerned, it depends on the size of your wedding. We prefer to have a photographer or two present to capture all of the fun!