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Best ideas for on-site wedding activities

Photo by Valéry Villard
Photo by Valéry Villard

Introducing Muriel Saldalamacchia, the ultimate destination wedding expert with over 15 years of industry experience. Her exceptional ceremonies are renowned for their brilliance and beauty.

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When it comes to creating the perfect wedding experience for your cherished guests, nothing is more crucial than planning enjoyable activities throughout the event and on the big day itself.

Incorporating on-site wedding activities for multi-day celebrations is an exceptional way to infuse additional layers of joy and relaxation for you and your guests who choose to stay on-site.

Elevate your wedding experience to unmatched heights with Muriel’s expertise, ensuring an unforgettable celebration for all who attend.

Why should you organize activities throughout your wedding?

As an experienced destination wedding planner, I have witnessed it all when it comes to organizing the perfect luxury wedding abroad. One vital aspect that often gets overlooked is planning activities for your guests. When you really think about it, your guests are like puzzle pieces that need to fit together flawlessly to create the ultimate experience. And what better way to ensure that everyone connects and has the time of their lives than by organizing smashing activities for them?

Organizing activities not only gives your guests the chance to bond, but it also creates unforgettable memories that will be cherished for years to come. It’s an opportunity for everyone to forge new friendships and add an extra layer of magnificence to the overall wedding experience. Trust me, as your dedicated destination wedding planner, I’ll make sure every detail is carefully curated to exceed your wildest dreams.

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Activities Throughout Your Wedding: Creating the Best Possible Atmosphere!

We have curated an array of thirties ideas for activities to arrange during your destination wedding stay that are bound to leave your guests impressed.

To assist you in orchestrating the perfect wedding activities, we have categorized them by theme:

  1. Sports enthusiasts’ wedding activities
  2. Optimize your reception area with on-site activities
  3. Add excitement to your evenings with festive or slow-down activities
  4. Our top wedding activities for your special day


Rest assured, these experiences are tailored to ensure your enjoyment!

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1. Sports enthusiasts’ wedding activities

When it comes to planning a destination wedding, it’s crucial to consider the desires and needs of each guest. That’s why we have carefully curated a list of wedding activities that will absolutely delight even the most athletic among your esteemed guests.

 

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Start off each morning with a refreshing activity like yoga or group meditation to help everyone unwind and get into the right mindset. By doing so, everyone will be better prepared to embrace the day during this emotionally-charged period.

How about organizing a delightful and friendly tennis or badminton tournament with your cherished guests? A friendly competition is the perfect way to uplift spirits and create a joyous atmosphere. You can even think about offering exciting prizes for the victors.

If you have decided on a golfing destination for your wedding, plan a day or an afternoon to explore the exquisite nearby golf courses. Your esteemed guests will be truly thrilled to share a blissful moment of escape from wedding preparations with you during this fantastic activity.

Explore the enchanting surroundings by taking a leisurely stroll with your esteemed guests, allowing everyone to get closer to the breathtaking scenery and relish the fresh air. You can even opt for a delightful bike ride along the picturesque paths surrounding the reception property.

As the wedding evening approaches, why not organize a captivating dance class so that your esteemed guests can learn some delightful dance steps together? Providing them with this opportunity will truly enhance their confidence on the dance floor.

By incorporating sports activities into your wedding festivities, you are not only providing a unique chance for your esteemed guests to connect with one another, but also allowing them
to relax and unwind. Seize the opportunity to utilize the reception area by planning these exhilarating sports activities.

2. Optimize your reception area with on-site activities

When it comes to planning your wedding, engaged couples put a lot of thought into selecting the perfect venue for their reception. To ensure that your guests have an unforgettable experience, consider organizing a range of activities throughout your wedding stay. This will allow them to make the most of every moment, while immersing themselves in the splendor of the destination.

For some outdoor fun, why not set up lawn games like cornhole, giant Jenga, or croquet? This way, your guests can indulge in a friendly competition whenever it suits them. Another idea is to create a mini-golf course, perfect for hours of entertainment leading up to the big day.

If your guests are food enthusiasts, why not organize a group cooking class? Not only will this give them an opportunity to learn how to prepare a delightful dish inspired by the flavors of the wedding’s host country, but it will also create a unique bonding experience.

In addition, consider organizing a tasting of local wines and cheeses. This will provide your guests with a true taste of the region and allow them to indulge in the rich culinary traditions. Tastings are quite popular activities in France and Italy, with many wineries offering their own delightful selections.

For those who enjoy getting creative, organize activities like painting or pottery classes. This will give them a chance to express their artistic side while drawing inspiration from the natural beauty surrounding them.

To add a touch of personalization, set up a stand where guests can make their own wreaths and bouquets-making with the help of a skilled artisan. They can incorporate elements that match your wedding color palette and take them home as favors to cherish.

For a day of exploration, organize a trip to nearby attractions such as historic sites or theme parks. This will provide a delightful adventure and an opportunity to create lasting memories.

And of course, don’t forget to pamper yourself and your guests with a relaxing spa day, complete with rejuvenating massages. This will ensure everyone looks their absolute best for the ceremony and leaves feeling truly indulged.

When choosing your next wedding activities for your celebration, the most important aspect is to infuse your own unique creativity and originality. This will make your guests feel truly immersed in your world and create an unforgettable experience for all. As a destination wedding planner with years of experience, I hope these tips will assist you in creating the perfect wedding that delights both you and your guests

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3. Add excitement to your evenings with festive or slow-down activities

Planning a destination wedding can be tiring, as multiple days means multiple evenings and nights. It’s important not to get too caught up in the joy of being reunited and risk feeling exhausted on the day of the ceremony.

That’s why I’ve handpicked some of my favorite nighttime activities that will smoothly transition from intimacy to celebration.

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For a magical evening under the stars, set up a cozy campfire and treat your guests to S’mores. Share heartfelt stories and memories, or encourage your guests to recount their cherished moments with you as a couple. Get ready for an unforgettable experience filled with emotions, laughter, and connection.

For a sweet and intimate evening, plan a charming movie night under the starry sky. And of course, make sure to have plenty of popcorn to delight everyone. Choose a film that holds a special place in your hearts and savor the evening under the twinkling stars.

To kickstart the evening, consider hosting a fun cocktail-making class. Let each of your guests become a master mixologist for a night and create unique cocktails. This is a fantastic opportunity for your guests to craft a signature cocktail for your wedding. After the workshop, indulge in your custom creations while enjoying a private concert by a talented local band and immersing yourselves in the vibrant local atmosphere.

During a beautiful summer evening, why not throw a poolside party on the property? Drinks, music, and endless fun under the sun. You can even combine it with a delightful buffet dinner to make the evening even more memorable.

For a touch of peculiar charm, organize a themed party such as a Hawaiian-themed Lūʻau or a glamorous masquerade ball. Encourage your guests to dress up and decorate the venue accordingly, transporting them to a whole new world with these captivating wedding activities.

From serene evenings to lively atmospheres, make the most of your wedding getaway. Just remember to ensure that the activities you plan throughout the stay don’t tire your guests too much.

4. Our top wedding activities for your special day

The big day has finally arrived, and there are tons of things to consider and emotions running high – this is it!

Your guests are eagerly looking forward to attending the ceremony, so why not arrange a few activities on your special day and create spaces where they can unwind and relax in style?

Consider setting up a fabulous lounge area, where your guests can kick back, mingle, and soak up the joyous atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the preparations. And why not go the extra mile by organizing a chic cigar bar where guests can enjoy a smoke and socialize without disturbing others?

Don’t forget to provide refreshing beverages and tantalizing snacks. By offering these delightful spaces, you’ll ensure moments of tranquility for yourself and your loved ones.

To keep the social vibes flowing throughout the day, ignite the excitement with the presence of a gifted clairvoyant or diviner who can captivate your guests’ interests by reading their cards and palms. Weddings are renowned for their high-energy ambiance, making it the perfect occasion to reveal what the future holds.

Or, for a touch of whimsy, consider hiring talented caricaturists to skillfully sketch portraits of your guests during the ceremony. These unique mementos can then be taken home as cherished gifts.

During the wedding ceremony and reception, consider enlisting the talents of a local painter to capture the essence of your magical day on canvas, rendering a masterpiece that immortalizes the happiest moments of your life.

These are just a few enchanting ideas to entertain and delight your guests throughout your wedding day. But remember, after everyone has enjoyed this marvelous journey together, it’s time to bid farewell, allowing the bride and groom to embark on their much-awaited honeymoon.

To ensure a heartfelt send-off after this emotionally-charged experience, consider ending the festivities with a delightful farewell brunch or a sizzling barbecue. This will provide everyone with a chance to reminisce and forge new connections.

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Your wedding should be a true reflection of your unique relationship, just like the carefully curated activities you choose to organize. However, it’s essential not to overwhelm your schedule, as the primary goal is for everyone to savor the moment rather than stress over it.

If you enlist the services of a wedding planner, rest assured that every detail, from the venue to the activities during your wedding celebration, down to the tiniest flower, will be meticulously planned to perfection, allowing you to relax and enjoy every blissful moment.

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