When you book Northside Farm for your wedding, you’re given exclusive use of the entire venue from Friday afternoon to Monday morning. Many couples take full advantage of this, planning a packed multi-day event or ‘wedding weekend’ for their friends and family. After all, three days of celebrating are better than one!
What is a Wedding Weekend?
Like all wedding formats, there are a million different ways to plan and host a wedding weekend, but your basic itinerary could feature:
- Friday dinner
- Saturday breakfast
- Saturday activity including lunch
- Saturday afternoon ceremony
- Saturday evening wedding breakfast and reception
- Sunday breakfast/brunch
You don’t have to include all of these, but if you’re hosting a wedding weekend, you do need to entertain people for a large chunk of that time.
Your plans don’t have to be elaborate. Eating and socialising are perfectly valid activities! But at the very least, you should provide people with a little structure and suggest things to do on site or nearby. We have a handy list of local attractions here.
Things to Consider
Large groups of people are happiest when things are easy, so wedding weekends tend to work best when the majority of your guests are staying in a concentrated area.
At Northside Farm, we have 10 luxury glamping pods for you to make use of. Situated in our orchard and surrounded by fruit trees, the pods are wheelchair accessible and can comfortably accommodate up to 50 people. Additional guests are welcome to pitch tents or park camper vans on the adjoining land. In 2019, we’re adding a handful of beautiful fairytale cottages to the farm. We also work with a lovely company called Northern Star Tepees who provide gorgeous pop-up glamping villages to sit alongside our pods.
You’ll also need to think about the logistics of so many meals. On your wedding day, all food and alcohol must be supplied by us, but the day before and the day after your wedding, you’re very welcome to provide your own at no extra charge.
Like everything at Northside Farm, our menus are fully flexible, so we’ll happily work with you to create multiple menus that are completely bespoke. If you’re looking for something a little different, our street food buffet, BBQ buffet, hog roast, or afternoon tea would all work well as part of a wedding weekend.
Welcome bags work incredibly well at wedding weekends. You can include brochures for local attractions, a timeline of events, and a small selection of snacks to tide people over between meals. You could also throw in some fun little extras like disposable cameras, festival wristbands, or marshmallow s’mores for around the campfire. You’ll find more welcome bag inspiration here.
Creating a wedding website is another good move. You can use it to give your guests an idea of what to expect and what they need to bring with them. People like to mentally plan ahead, especially if they’re travelling with children.
Your Wedding Weekend
In our experience, wedding weekends work best when they’re filled with plenty of things to do and lots of fun people to do them with! We’re always happy to offer help and advice, so do get in touch if you have any questions.
Image 1 and 3 – From The Smiths Photography