Things to Consider When Planning a Weekend Wedding

Written by Katrina Otter
It’s safe to say that multi-day/weekend weddings are THE most popular enquiry we receive for wedding planning support services at Katrina Otter Weddings – from full planning (everything from start to finish) to on-the-day/weekend coordination, and in 2024, all of our weddings involve either pre and/or post-events.

With couples now having the freedom and opportunity to host their weddings further afield, the increase in the number of multi-day/weekend hire wedding venues, and the desire to spend longer celebrating such a momentous occasion surrounded by family and friends, it’s easy to see why weekend weddings are as popular as they are.

From a personal perspective, I adore having the opportunity to organise (and be a part of) additional and extended celebratory events – from luxuriously intimate welcome dinners to post-wedding brunches, pool parties to after-after parties! It’s a chance to break away from the wedding day norm, to spend as much time as possible with those you love most, and to truly make the most of a venue or setting.

That being said, extended weekend-long weddings entail additional considerations, especially from an organisational, logistical and budgeting perspective, so with this in mind, here are my top tips/things to consider when planning a weekend wedding.

Weekend Wedding Tips


This is, quite rightly, the first and most crucial step when it comes to planning a multi-day wedding – finding the perfect location that can host and accommodate you and your guests for more than one day.

As a starting point, you’re already in the best place possible, as Coco Wedding Venues has an expertly curated list of venues that ticks this very box! And when it comes to choosing the setting or venue that’s right for you and an extended weekend of celebrations, you’ll also need to consider:

  • Location and accessibility, especially for those guests that are travelling from further afield
  • Options for overnight accommodation for you and your guests, both onsite and nearby
  • The surrounding area, including local attractions (i.e. towns, villages, restaurants, pubs, landmarks etc.) and activities
  • Locations/spaces for both the wedding day itself and pre and post-events (ideally both indoor and outdoor), including plan bs

And if you’re planning a marquee wedding at home, the same rules apply. You’ll also need to think about any additional logistical marquee considerations such as power/fuel, a toilet refresh/pump-out, layout, turnaround, cleaning, etc.


Multi-day/weekend weddings ARE, for obvious reasons, more expensive. However, additional days don’t have to break the bank, i.e. welcome drinks at a local pub, an informal pool party or a casual picnic.

Before committing to multiple days and additional events, think about your ideal itinerary and then create a guideline budget. Start with the wedding day itself (to ensure that you have this fully covered), and then work your way backwards to see what options and extras you can realistically afford/manage.

When budgeting for your wedding, remember to factor in a contingency pot for unexpected rising costs (I’d suggest 15% of your overall budget if you’re planning multiple events) and be meticulous with your record-keeping. That way, if you’re juggling various suppliers/event plans, you should be able to adjust your budget accordingly if needed.


Following a similar thread to the above, multi-day/weekend weddings DO (once again for obvious reasons) require more thought and time to plan: multiple spaces, locations, logistics, activities, suppliers, guest lists, dietaries, guest movements, set-ups… you get the drift.

It’s a challenge, BUT it’s all achievable, and if you’ve decided to embrace a weekend of celebrations, let me reassure you that once you’ve embarked on planning the wedding day itself, the additional admin will all blend into one.

That being said, IF your budget allows, I’d wholeheartedly recommend that you consider hiring some additional support (from a sanity and stress preservation perspective!), ESPECIALLY on the day/weekend itself. The last thing you’ll want to do is oversee your suppliers, set up, tidy up, turn rooms/spaces/marquees around, check that suppliers and guests are where they should be, deal with any issues that arise… and so the list goes on.

It goes without saying that my TOP TIP here is to hire a wedding planner/on-the-day coordinator – it’s worth every single penny!


Set expectations with your guests early on, especially if you’re asking them to travel and attend multiple days – this will take a lot more planning and organising on their behalf as well as yours. With this in mind, send your save the dates as soon as possible so guests can plan accordingly and make arrangements with work, childcare, etc., if required.

Wedding websites are also an invaluable tool to help you communicate timings, locations, activities, itineraries, dress codes, accommodation (including options on-site and nearby inc. rates) and travel (taxis, organised transportation, public transport, etc.) with your guests.  A wedding website will also ensure that anyone attending knows what to expect in advance, so ensure you include as much information as possible.

If your budget allows, you may also want to consider a welcome bag and wedding itinerary (and map) to ensure that timings and locations are clearly communicated.


If your guests are travelling or staying away from home, then you’ll need to think about their experience. Remember to consider all budgets and be inclusive with your recommendations.

Some key considerations include:

  • Accommodation options and transportation arrangements, especially for those guests staying offsite, i.e. shuttle transfers and block holds of hotel rooms
  • Access to food and beverages
  • Itinerary experiences to allow your guests to mingle and get to know one another
  • Activities, events and entertainment – you may want to organise activities or provide a local guide with recommendations of what to do, but also be mindful that guests need time to rest and relax!


And whilst we’re on the subject of guests, don’t expect all of your guests to attend every single day, event or activity; likewise, you don’t have to invite all of your guests to every event either! If you want to host a smaller, more intimate welcome dinner or brunch the next day, for example, go ahead – it’s your wedding weekend!

On the other hand, if you’re inviting everyone to the whole weekend, then it’s a big ask and a big commitment, especially if guests are travelling, have families or need to take time off work. You’ll need to remain flexible and ensure your guests know this as well. Should any of your guests have an issue, be sympathetic and make sure they know it’s not a big deal – the fact that they can celebrate your special day (or, indeed, days!) in any way is what truly matters.

Wedding Credits

With thanks to couple Olivia & Matthew

Wedding Planner Katrina Otter Weddings

Photographer Holly Clark Photography

Venue Hedsor House

Film Tynegate Films

Caterer Caper & Berry

Florist JenniBloom Floral Design

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Production Class Act

Stretch Tent Ten by Fifteen Structures

Décor + Furniture The W Collection

Tableware Duchess & Butler

Stationery Emily & Jo

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Hair + Makeup Hair and Makeup Atelier

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