How to Plan a Destination Wedding Weekend

If you are planning a destination wedding, you have to assume that guests will want or need to spend not only the night of the wedding in town, but probably the whole weekend. Give them the best excuse to make a vacation out of your special day by planning the ultimate destination wedding weekend! We get that this can add a bit of work to the wedding planning process as a whole, so we’re here to help! Below, Amanda at A.Fogarty Photography shares a few inspiring ideas through a fun photoshoot on an island in Maine. By incorporating one or two, or all, of these activities, we promise your guests will leave full of fun memories and feeling extra appreciated.

The Welcome

Amanda says, An island wedding in Maine is an experience you and your guests will never forget. Why not make a weekend out of it? We teamed up with Chebeague Island Inn to put together an inspiration for a weekend wedding experience that will have you planning the destination wedding of your dreams.

Your weekend begins arriving to the island via ferry or water taxi setting the tone for a true Maine island experience. Upon arrival, guests can enjoy the Chebeague Island Golf Course that’s just steps away from the Inn, yoga on the lawn, or a fan favorite – the bicycles conveniently provided by the Inn.

We recommend welcoming your guests with a custom Posh + Walker wedding welcome bag filled with our your favorite local goodies. It’s the perfect way to say thank you for celebrating the weekend with you.

The Rehearsal Dinner

Next up, a rehearsal dinner welcome party. Be inspired by our couple’s signature drink, The Maine Blueberry Lemonade and tasty ‘sunset landing bites’ served on the porch or at the bar. Enjoy breathtaking sunset views while cozying up on the porch or adirondack chairs.

The Wedding

On your wedding day, choose to have your ceremony in front of the inn, or just a short walk down to the Chebeague beach so you can exchange vows with sand between your toes and the sound of waves crashing on the shore.

Looking for an alternative to a ceremony arbor? We love the custom driftwood, candles, and beach grass ceremony horseshoe created by Cider House Designs. Pops of colorful blooms paired with the timeless attire of the bride and groom make for a coastal Maine theme with avoiding the overly nautical trend.

The Day-After Brunch

Just because the ceremony is over doesn’t mean the celebration has to end. The morning after enjoy a picnic brunch on the lawn with your husband and let the entire greatness of the weekend sink in.

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