A WEEK­END FILLED WITH SUR­PRISES AND UNIQUE EX­PE­RI­ENCES

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More and more of our cou­ples are choos­ing to have week­end-long cel­e­bra­tions rather than just a one­day cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion. The ex­tras typ­i­cally in­clude a Fri­day night din­ner or cock­tail party, and then a Sun­day brunch af­ter the wed­ding where guests can rem­i­nisce about the night be­fore.

Of­ten, our cou­ples are leav­ing their home­town to have these week­ends in places like France, Italy, Bali, the Philip­pines, Mex­ico and else­where. The wel­come party and brunch are re­placed by lo­cal and re­gional ac­tiv­i­ties like a boat ride through Mex­ico City, a pizza party in Italy or a me­dieval cel­e­bra­tion with jug­glers, archery and stilt walk­ers in the French coun­try­side.

In ad­di­tion, our cou­ples of­ten sur­prise their guests through­out the week­end with things like treats on the shut­tle rides and pil­low gifts in the hotel room— who doesn’t like late night milk and cook­ies?

Beth Helm­stet­ter, owner and cre­ative direc­tor, Beth Helm­stet­ter Events (Los An­ge­les)

Our clients like to do a full buy­out of a hotel so all guests can stay in one place, cre­at­ing a space for guests to re­ally get to know each other and spend time to­gether through­out a wed­ding week­end.

We plan fun ac­tiv­i­ties and ad­ven­tures through­out the week­end, like boat trips, golf out­ings, wine tast­ing and horse­back rid­ing classes, so guests can do fun things and create mem­o­ries they will never for­get. It’s not just about the wed­ding day any more; it’s about the whole wed­ding week­end ex­pe­ri­ence.

Jesse Tombs, man­ag­ing part­ner, Ali­son Events Plan­ning & De­sign (San Fran­cisco)

We have no­ticed a move away from the 100-plus guest num­bers to more in­ti­mate cer­e­monies and re­cep­tions with just the clos­est fam­ily and friends in at­ten­dance, say only 20 or 30 guests. This is an in­stant way to en­sure a great at­mos­phere, as ev­ery­one will know one an­other around the ta­ble.

En­ter­tain­ment means more than just a band and DJ. Hire a for­tune teller for the ladies loos or a char­ac­ter­ful ac­tor man­ag­ing the coat check for a me­morable guest ex­pe­ri­ence that moves be­yond the dance­floor.

Mark Niemierko, founder, Niemierko Events & Wed­dings (Lon­don)

We pre­dict 2018 will be the year of the “Whim­si­cal Wed­ding,” a breath­tak­ing fu­sion of fairy-tale ro­mance with the unimag­in­able—sub­tle mad­ness in an el­e­gant display of the whacky and won­der­ful.

Think charm­ing trin­kets hang­ing from trees, eye-catch­ing food sta­tions and cre­ative bal­loon dis­plays. This year we look for­ward to let­ting our cre­ativ­ity un­fold, work­ing with cou­ples to bring to life their unique and quirky vi­sions.

Fes­ti­val wed­dings are on the rise and we re­cently de­signed one at a pri­vate res­i­dence in Scot­land that featured in­door roller-skat­ing at the re­cep­tion, along with tipi glamp­ing to host guests at the site.

Jes­sica Seal, direc­tor of events, Quintessen­tially Wed­dings (Lon­don)

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