A Destination Wedding combines escapade and thrill with fun and romance and crown that with a wedding in Ireland for a really amazing experience. Today we are delighted to share our Top Tips for wonderful activities for your wedding in Ireland.
Day 1: Welcome Dinner
Your closest friends and family have arrived in Ireland for your destination wedding! After checking in and enjoying a few hours of relaxation, it’s time to officially welcome everyone and get the party started ! Host an intimate welcome dinner for both families!
If some other guests have also arrived you might like to meet up with them for a drink after dinner just to say hello and welcome them to your great party.
Alternatively if lots of your guests have arrived you can host a “Welcome Party” Irish style. Submerge your guests straight into the Irish culture by hosting your welcome party in an Irish pub complete with Irish whiskey tasting, oyster & guinness bar and serve famous Irish fish & chips. And to enrich the atmosphere a live traditional Irish band is a must! A welcome party is a great opportunity for your guests to mingle and get to know each other.
This party can begin as late into the evening as possible, to make sure as many guests as possible have arrived and can attend. A 1.5 to 2 hour reception is a good length. If you’re not hosting dinner at the reception, en sure the invite /itinerary states this so everyone has time to get dinner prior to or make reservations for afterwards.
Day 2: Fun Group Excursions
Its time for your guests to be immersed in the Irish culture and explore their surroundings and show that Ireland has more to offer than just magnificent scenery and luxurious amenities.
Whether you organise a golf tournament & spa day for the non golfers or a cruise to the Aran Island returning via the world famous Cliffs of Moher, you and your guests are sure to have a fun time. Other activities many of which are available at lots of the West Coast Weddings Ireland exclusive venues can include falconry, fishing ,archery,horse riding and hill walking.
The Rehearsal and Rehearsal Dinner
As all of your guests will have travelled from out of town you may consider inviting all of them to the rehearsal dinner.While just the wedding party, Brides Dad & ushers need attend the ceremony rehearsal. The rehearsal dinner is traditionally hosted by the Grooms family.It is another opportunity to remind guests of the wonderful culture & heritage of Ireland by having some Irish music & entertainment and of course serving some Irish food and drinks ! You could completely immerse them in Ireland by attending a world famous Medieval Irish banquet in a traditional Irish castle. Always worth considering some Photography & Videography
Day 3: Wedding & Reception
Your big day is finally here. While you spend the morning with your wedding party preparing for your big moment pending the ceremony time your guests will have some time on their hands ideal time to have a hawk walk and perhaps serve a pre wedding light lunch /picnic to ensure guests all eat before the wedding !
Day 4: Post-wedding Brunch
It’s the last day in paradise for most of your guests, so it’s always nice to round out their stay with a scrumptious brunch hosted by the newlyweds!
If many of your guests are staying around & extending their stay with a vacation in Ireland you might like to organise a BBQ at your wedding venue or another venue close by the evening after . A great opportunity for the bride & groom to let their hair down and relive all the wedding day moments with family and friends!
Day 5: A Day at the Races
The ever popular activity of horse racing in Ireland is a fun evening out for you & your guests if you have a spare day either side of the wedding !
Pre Book :
You or your planner can pre-book all your tours,transportation and activities, saving you time and money, but also minimising the stress of last-minute planning.
Wedding Website :
Your wedding website can be a great tool to convey all the planned activities to your guests.
I hope today’s blog helps get your destination wedding in Ireland calendar started! Remember the average stay for guests at a wedding abroad is typically four nights so I am sure you will agree it is very important to ensure your guests who have gone to a lot of trouble, time & expense to be part of your very special day feel very welcome & part of the occasion by being part of some pre /post events.
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