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

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Planning a destination wedding is a wonderful adventure, which includes more than typical wedding activities – it’s a chance to express your personality and sense of fun by orchestrating activities that your entire group can enjoy beyond the wedding day.  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 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:

Be creative. It is tempting to rely on the typical tourist activities – this does not require much imagination!  But this isn’t just another family trip – this is your wedding! Think outside the box! For instance, take the “ordinary” out of the visit to the Wax Museum in Hollywood by arranging for a photographer to snap fun shots of your guests with the wax images of celebrities 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 on Hollywood Boulevard or sharing a dim sum feast with loved ones in Chinatown, 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 — wedding planners are expert at it!

Supperclub LA

We love the look on people’s faces when we bring them to the supperclub in Hollywood for a welcome reception or a night on the town.   With the experience that dazzles every sense, guests never forget their dinner in bed and the night full of surprises.

Take advantage of your destination. You chose your destination for a reason. Did you decide on a beach location? Have a beach party, complete with bon fires and 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.

Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier

Another concept – a day of pure fun at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier – what a “photo opportunity” to have all your guests on the Ferris Wheel overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Personalize the experience for your guests. Create an environment that your guests wouldn’t ordinarily participate in.  Rather than trying to please all of your guests, go with the things you enjoy.  Do you love art and architecture?

Getty Villa

The Getty Villa is the perfect place for art lovers   A music fan?  A jazz club or a chamber music performance at a historic estate would be incredible.  In the summer, there is no better way to enjoy music in the Hollywood Hills than by visiting the Hollywood Bowl.  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. Possibly a back stage tour or a “shout out” from the stage.  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 experience for your destination wedding guests are endless! The important thing is to remember why you, and your guests, are there – to celebrate your love!

For great ideas on the “local hidden gems” and creative ways to personalize your destination wedding activities, contact the experts at Extraordinary Destination Weddings – we handle everything from the “what” to the “how”, so you don’t have to think about anything other than having the time of your life.

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