The Rise Of The 3 Day Wedding

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Once upon a time, the first to leave a wedding were the newly married, happy couple. Traditionally they had a quick change into their ‘going away’ outfits and cheered on by their guests as trailing streamers and cans attached to their car rattled behind them in the late afternoon or early evening.  

In 2018, things are a little different. Now, standard practice would not only see them dancing into the early hours but hosting a ‘hungover’ recovery style brunch/breakfast the next day. It’s not uncommon for that said brunch to be the grand finale of an event that has lasted three days.

The ‘weekend wedding’ is now standard practice and according to wedding planning app Bridebook, in 2017 23 per cent more couples chose to extend their celebrations over a period of two to three days, compared to five years before.

So why has this changed happened? If a wedding is said to be one the most stressfull and painfull things to plan, they why do people increase that stress three-fold?

There is a general concencious in the wedding world that there is more scope to make it more of an experience for guests, and less of a blurry, pressurised whirlwind for the bride and groom.

It’s not uncommon to hear “it was over in seconds, it flew by, we missed couples, we couldn’t speak to everyone, we blinked, and we missed it”  

Most weddings now have couples coming from all over, and there is a duty of care to make the event extra special, to justify those long distances.

So, if you’re thinking about a three day wedding bonanza to make your event extra special, then why not read on and remember the following before you decided to go to large.

When you plan a wedding, the main part of the fun is having a day that is about you and your partner. Everything there is a true reflection of your taste. You and the one you have chosen to spend your life with are finally the A-list celebrities you were born to be, and you can make sure your day is essentially a endless red carpet! Pulling out all the stops for yourself.

So why would you not want to triple that by three? It also gives you a greater creative licence to be inventive and entertain your guests. You can certainly do a lot more with your weekend wedding, really showing off your personalties over the course of three days.

We think it’s highly unlikely you have your nan, nephews, cousin, oldest friends, your next-door neighbour and your favourite work colleague from 2007 all in the same room and place again, so its not supirse you are wanting to keep everyone grouped together. Extending your celebrations over three days means you have all the people you know and love around you for longer. Meaning you get to spend more time with your guests.

Whist a three-day wedding would involve more logistics and planning, the flip side of this is that a in theory in would be a lot more chilled out and less intense. Relaxing into the event and enjoying it. Squeezing everything into a few hours on one day can really get to you. When you’ve got a few days there’s less pressure to fit everything into a certain time frame.


With a weekend long wedding, you will end up hiring the venue exclusively for the whole three days. Elite Marquees also provide great rates for anyone wanting to take a full weekend hire on a marquee. Its yours! For 3 days! You can do what you want with it.

What to remember with a three day wedding? 

Most people’s main concern when dealing with their guests is that they are really well looked after, that the occasion is classed or treated as a mini break experience. But as its completely up to you, you decided how you will create that experience, and the options and ideas are limitless. We advise ‘structure without obligation’ and you can’t go too far wrong in ensuring your guests have the time of their lives.

Wondering how a weekend wedding would break down? Here we provide a typical overview of how your 3 day extravaganza would look.

Night one

Your guests might arrive from far and wide, so make sure you give them an early enough check in time, and make sure you’re there to greet them. But whatever you do, don’t schedule your first event to start straight away. Keep it informal, don’t bombard them with activities the minuet they arrive. Perhaps kick things off with a welcome party, this is a great way for the guests to relax and unwind, especially if the guests have travelled all day.  They will mostly likely want to kick back, relax have some good food and great cocktails. If the weather is nice, look towards an outside event. But sometimes, you can’t plan for that.

The main event

The main wedding event will usually take place in the middle of the day, so make sure you plan the day accordingly “Think about the location and what works for where you are.

Why not do something that is quintessentially British like an afternoon tea or a sporting endeavour like archery or clay pigeon shooting. Morning yoga classes, meditation, woodland walks, foraging, pool parties, sack races and all night hot tubs, are all things that are ‘different’, but you might be willing to consider.

Of course, there is the actual wedding reception, party, late night snacks and all the stuff that you would usually expect to see on your big day. Remember you might need as much imagination and planning as possible. There’s no shame in delegating some of the tasks to the running of the daytime activities to a bridesmaid or family member.

The day after

Without a doubt, there will be some sort heads and people reaching for the resolve the morning after the night before. So maybe no go for a 9am start, your guests will apricate a lie in, so why not make it a brunch?

Chances are, they will still be a buzz in the air, as people exchange stories and hilarious antics from the night before. Telling tales, the Bloody Marys and Margaritas are flowing. It’s would be a really good way to wrap up the weekend.

If you’re looking to hire a marquee for 3 day wedding event for any venue in Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and the surrounding areas, we are proud to say that the Elite Marquees wedding marquee hire team can provide you with all you need to make your big day special. 

If you are interested in contacting us regarding your big day, please visit our contact page or click on the quick quote bar at the top of the page.

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