Planning for Wedding Guests: Ideas to Entertain at Your Destination Wedding

Activity planning for wedding guests who are making the trip to attend your destination wedding is an exciting part of planning your wedding.  Show your closest friends and family how much you appreciate them by organizing activities that will entertain and create great memories.

Here are a few of my tips to have your guests returning home with memories not only of how remarkable your ceremony was, but how much fun they had with you on the trip:

  • Dinner in front of the Kelp Forest at Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Be creative – don’t rely on the typical “tourist” activities. I know it’s tempting to do the tourist thing but this isn’t just another family trip – this is your wedding! Think outside the box! For instance, don’t just take your guests to the Wax Museum in Hollywood; have a photographer there to snap fun shots of your group and create a CD for each guest. An unforgettable activity for me was a private dinner at the kelp forest inside the Monterey Bay Aquarium. How often will your guests get to do something like that?

  • Talk to the locals. Whether it’s club-hopping in France or sharing a dim sum feast with loved ones in San Francisco, the locals can be a rich fountain of information and resources when it comes to planning for wedding activities that may be off the beaten path. After all, they live there!  Contact concierges at a few local hotels and ask them for ideas, too.
  • Take advantage of your destination. You chose your destination for a reason – think of that reason and take advantage of it! Did you decide on a beach location? Go to a luau on the beach, or have a bon fire with smores! How about an idyllic countryside location with views of vineyards and rolling meadows? Try a hot air balloon ride! These activities are sure to wow your guests. Another fun event for me was a hay ride and low country boil on Spring Island in South Carolina. There was great food, wonderful company and lots of local Southern charm.
  • Personalize the experience for your guests. Create an environment that your guests wouldn’t ordinarily experience. Rather than trying to please all the guests, go with the things you enjoy.  Do you love art and architecture? Plan an art walk or cocktail party in a museum.  A music fan? Find a popular jazz club or a chamber music performance at a historic estate. Explain to your contact at the venue that you are entertaining a very special group of guests as part of your wedding weekend and ask them how they could personalize the experience for your group.   Create personalized memories – take lots of pictures and video that you can share later. Check out animoto.com for “fast, free and shockingly easy” stunning video slideshows.

The options for creating a remarkable and personal experience for your destination wedding guests are endless! The important thing is to remember why you, and your guests, are there – to celebrate the love between you and your fiancé! To share some of your ideas or ask questions, connect with me on Facebook and Twitter!

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