While every wedding is different – even ones across multiple days – here’s what an example of a typical three-day schedule:

• Day One: Rather than a rehearsal dinner, which is usually exclusive to the wedding party and immediate family, host a welcome dinner for all of your guests.

• Day Two: Start the day off with an optional activity to entertain your guests while everything gets set up, such as golfing, local tours or a museum visit. Then in the late afternoon/evening is the traditional ceremony and reception combination.

• Day Three: Let everyone recover from the previous day’s festivities by holding a late farewell brunch before heading home – or to your honeymoon!

Planning a wedding is stressful enough when it’s just a single day. So, rather than going the DIY route, consider hiring a professional wedding planner who has experience organizing multiday events. That way, you can focus on enjoying the biggest day weekend of your life.

If it’s an all-ages affair, a nice gesture to extend is childcare for the day.

Having kids at a wedding can be a great deal of fun, but it can also be a challenge to make sure they are entertained and behaving for so many hours.

If it’s in the budget, hiring professional childcare for the day will help lift the weight off not only the couple’s shoulders, but also the parents.

They know the kids are close by, but are also able to let loose a little bit and enjoy the evening. If childcare isn’t in the budget, then having a dedicated area at the reception, like a kids table, that is full of activities for them like coloring or crafts will keep them occupied for hours.

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