DIY Wedding

15 Fun Pre-Wedding Activities to Plan for Your Guests

The best part of a destination wedding is that it brings your favorite people together in a locale that offers excitement for everyone involved. If guests will be traveling long hours to celebrate with you, one way to show your appreciation is to plan a memorable pre-wedding activity for the group.

“It’s good to include other hosted events in your wedding weekend because a lot of people are spending a lot of money to come to your wedding,” says event planner Alison Laesser-Keck. “If you’re going to ask guests to hop on a plane, you want them to come away from the experience feeling immersed in the local culture.” Aoife Owens of White Elephant Resorts agrees, saying, “Scheduled activities are a great way to showcase the destination the couple has chosen.”

Meet the Expert

• Alison Laesser-Keck is the director of events and creative director of Alison Bryan Destinations, a luxury destination event planning company that specializes in weddings that feel like vacations.
• Aoife Owens is the director of sales and marketing at White Elephant Resorts.

Still, deciding the best way to rally disparate groups of attendees can feel overwhelming. How do you pick something that will appeal to different ages, personalities, and preferences? Where is the line drawn between forced fun and, well, actual fun?

“Ultimately, you want to lean into what specifically makes your destination cool,” suggests Laesser-Keck. “What’s special about the area? Gravitate towards that.”

In need of further advice or inspiration? Read on for a roster of 15 unique activity ideas to include in your own wedding weekend as well as answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about pre-wedding activities for guests.