Ask any married couple, those days, months and (often) years of meticulous planning can never make your wedding day go any slower. The day itself can pass in a blink of an eye, so wedding memo 101 is that you need to savour every valuable moment with your family and friends.
But who says your perfect day can't become your perfect weekend? Weekend-long or ‘three-day' weddings have become popular with couples wanting their celebrations to last even longer, and our venues and Memory Makers can help you create that wedding weekend to remember. And it doesn't just stop at weddings! Anniversaries, birthdays and baby showers – you name it – we're here to celebrate it, and for longer than ever before.
As you can imagine, planning a multi-day event or multi-event wedding isn't the easiest job in the world… but, for your efforts you'll be able to keep the celebrations going and give you and all of your guests a fun-filled and truly unforgettable occasion.
Separating your celebrations into endlessly fun and different events is the best way to organise your extended festivities in a stress-free manner.
Here's a few of our favourite ways to start the party.
Wind down before the warm-up
The build-up to your main event is certain to be a flurry of activity so be sure to make time for yourself.
Why not turn those visits to the salon and other preparation pampers into occasions by inviting close friends and relatives to share the experience? Enjoy a well-timed spa session with your bridal party and get excited about your forthcoming nuptials with one of our Rest and Relaxation packages at one of our many idyllic Marriott Hotel & Country Clubs. From a Decleor Vitamin C Facial to a full Swedish Massage, there really is something for everyone to feel pampered and relaxed.
Or, if the great outdoors is more your thing, there are plenty of ways to wind down and spend time with smaller groups in the grounds of our hotels. Why not book in for a leisurely 18 holes set within our beautifully landscaped golf courses, housed in parkland and ancient woodland?
Let your party tee off in style on a championship course or just warm up and perfect their technique on the putting green or driving range.
A warm welcome
Looking for a more high-energy affair? Why not throw a cocktail party for your friends and family the night before the main event? Whether you are the bride or the birthday girl, there are plenty of fun ideas to be had around creating your rehearsal get-together, and it's a great way to break the ice ahead of your big celebration.
Wow your guests with a Champagne afternoon tea, cocktail masterclass, or perhaps a whisky tasting. Or you can opt for a more traditional rehearsal dinner with one of our trend-inspired menus. Guests can then choose to stay the night at one of our Marriott Bonvoy hotels so everyone is well rested and ready to go, avoiding any unnecessary last-minute travel stress.
A very fond farewell
After a magical day filled with family, friends, food, and dancing, it's only natural to want to continue the celebrations with the whole of your party!
A post-event BBQ is the perfect opportunity for guests to continue their conversations and excitement of your day, swapping stories and making even more memories. Opt for a change of scene to continue to impress your guests - many of our Marriott Bonvoy hotels have unique settings to choose from, from romantic gardens to rooftop terraces.
However you choose to make the most of your time with your guests, extending your celebrations over a few days allows you to put together a variety of events and gatherings that are ultimately reflective of you as a person, a couple or a group.
From Thursday night rehearsals to Sunday morning socials – you can be sure to enjoy the indulgence of a few extra days with friends and family while making memories together that last a lifetime.