Ten Activities To Bring Your Destination Wedding Guests Together
Destination weddings are a wonderful way to bring together friends and family who may not otherwise have had a chance to meet and mingle. Of course, there can be some awkwardness when the only thing they have in common is you, so help them out a little bit with some activities to bring them together during their stay.
A Welcome Cocktail Party
Once all your guests have arrived, it’s time to get the pre-wedding party started with a welcome cocktail party. It doesn’t have to be a lavish affair, just a few drinks and some food against the backdrop of your undoubtedly gorgeous location. It’s such a good idea that some resorts even offer a welcome package for this event so you don’t have to lift a finger.
If you’re in a tropical destination, rent a catamaran and head out for the day. You have the bonus option of being able to swim from the boat if you like action or sunbath and relax if it’s all just a bit too hard.
If you’re in a gorgeous wine region for your nuptials, then make the most of it and arrange a small wine-tasting trip for your guests. If you have a larger group then some wineries will offer a private tasting at no additional cost. Pair the trip with a casual picnic (with the wine you purchased on your visits) or a nice café lunch. Some resorts or hotels will gladly arrange a picnic hamper for you, so it pays to ask. Remember to arrange appropriate transportation like a van with a driver or a few cars and some designated drivers.
Arrange a group trip out to see the sights of the local area. Maybe arrange a guide if you don’t know the area well or just grab a map and make your own way together.
Make the most of the glorious beaches and reefs and head out snorkeling. This is easily arranged, not usually limited by group numbers and is an activity likely to please everyone.
His and Hers
Split the group and send the girls off for a day of pampering and bonding at the spa while the boys play golf or any other sport. Meet for dinner or lunch afterwards.
The bridal party often gets dance lessons before the big day, so extend the invitation to your guests so you can tear up the dance floor together.
Many hotels and resorts can arrange private cooking classes for groups that will allow you to learn to recreate the local cuisine. Imagine learning the secrets to fantastic jerked beef in the Caribbean, spicy tacos in Mexico or delicious Pad Thai in Thailand.
If breakfast is included in your accommodation package, then have guests meet every morning to eat together. It’s usually the time everyone is at the hotel and it means everyone can socialize and plan their day (hopefully filled with activities together).
They say that shared adversity is a great way to bond, so create some with exercise classes. Try something relaxing and low impact to get your guests chilled and feeling the holiday vibe. Morning yoga or tai chi is a good option and maybe a run along the beach for the fitter guests. This one may take some convincing though!