Making your wedding a multi-day affair can feel like a holiday or vacation. Weddings are a huge celebration, and you can turn yours into a weekend-long festivity if you want. It might be easier to choose a holiday weekend such as New Years, as your guests will likely already have the holiday weekend off. Likewise, a short Saturday through Sunday wedding trip for everyone may work better as guests likely have those days off.
You can even turn your Omaha wedding into a fun staycation. If you’re looking for an event space with a view, consider The Club at Indian Creek! There are pros and cons to hosting a full-length weekend wedding, and we wanted to help you decide what’s best for you.
There are lots of perks to extending your wedding beyond one day, such as spending more time with your family and friends or choosing a seamless theme. If a certain holiday is special to you and your fiancé, it can be especially meaningful to choose that as your wedding day. Here are some pros of weekend long weddings:
Spending more time with family and friends
Many people like the idea of getting to spend more time with the guests at their wedding, especially because the wedding day itself flies by. You can extend the celebration and make it feel more sentimental for everyone included. You’ll have plenty of time to catch up with everybody!
Guests don’t need to worry about planning
A weekend-long wedding gives your guests something fun to do that they don’t have to plan. You can choose something simple along the lines of a cocktail hour at a fancy hotel everyone is staying at, brunch at a nice restaurant or wine tasting at a local winery or vineyard. On the other hand, you can do something extravagant like taking a trip to a unique state and renting a fun Airbnb. This is a great way to make personal connections and create lasting memories.
A theme is easy to choose
If you’re choosing a holiday weekend, you can match your decor to that holiday. For example, if you’re choosing a wedding around Christmas, you can use gold decorations along with red florals and greenery. Or, if your destination is a snowy lodge up in the mountains, you can use natural greenery and white snowflake decorations. Even if your weekend wedding is at a villa with a huge pool, you can match your decor to any theme!
Save money on decor
One way to save on costs, especially since some dates and destinations may be more expensive, is within your wedding decor. If you're choosing Christmastime to get married, many churches will already have their rooms decorated for the holiday, and you can simply add your final touches to what’s already there. If you choose a weekend wedding in a fancy cabin or villa, the owner has likely already curated a beautiful space, so you can just add a little of your own flair to match the color palette.
Along with the many perks, you do have to consider the cons. Below are the negative aspects associated with weekend-long or holiday weekend weddings:
You are going to be spending money on more than a one-day celebration when it comes to weekend long weddings. You’ll need more food, beverages and activities, which can add up quickly. Plus, there are also the added costs of reserving venues for additional days. One way to save money is to cut your guest list to the family members, friends and bridal party members that must be involved.
Some of your guests may not be available for a weekend-long wedding, and if your wedding is over a holiday weekend some guests may already have other plans. This can be good if you have already wanted a smaller wedding. Guests will have to consider all the travel requirements and some might not be comfortable flying or unable to make it work. You can also host closer to home and still have just as much fun.
More planning for bride and groom
It takes extra care when it comes to planning. Your to-do list will be longer as there’s more to incorporate from venue to caterers to activities. However, you don’t need to plan an event for every hour of each day. In fact, ncluding some free time during the weekend can give you and your guests more opportunities to relax and catch up with everyone.
Booking vendors can be difficult
The holidays are a busy time for vendors, and you may find it difficult to book whomever you may want. You also have to consider that the photographer may want to spend time with their family during the holiday rather than shoot a wedding. You may need to decide if getting married sooner or booking a date further out when everyone is available is more important.
We offer an event space with a view
It’s important to know that it comes down to what you and your significant other prefer. Your decisions matter more than what other people may think. The Club at Indian Creek offers an outside and indoor event space with a view. If you’re looking for a great venue for your staycation wedding weekend, book your wedding with us today!