While it is not mandatory to stay three nights and four days, hundreds of successful destination weddings prove it to be the optimal amount of time for many reasons. Let’s look at the three nights:
Day 1 – Rehearsal Welcome Party
Your out of state guests will not wait to fly on the morning of your wedding. Typically, all of your guests arrive the day before the wedding, which makes for a large rehearsal/welcome (night before) party. It doesn’t need to be extravagant, in fact, ultra-simple is the norm. What you may not have considered is that on your wedding day you don’t really get to see your guests. There is hair, makeup, and getting ready all day, then the ceremony, then photos, then dinner, a dance with dad, a speech or two, and the night is over. On Friday night, you, as a couple, get to introduce all the friends and family to one another and have an enjoyable, relaxed evening to get to know one another.
Day 2 – Wedding Day
Of course, the next day is your wedding and reception. You will be relaxed. Why? Because of the party the night before. You guests already know one another and are familiar with the property.
Day 3 – Farewell Brunch
After the previous two or more days with little sleep, it would not be fun to get up early on the morning after your wedding night to leave. So we add an entire luxury day to the schedule to get up late, have a brunch together, and say goodbye to some for the last time. It allows for an entire afternoon to unwind and enjoy one another’s company, reflect on the day before, and recharge a little. Some guests will fly out today, some tomorrow.
Day 4 – Goodbye
Whatever works best for you, you can leave the night of day 3 or you can check out this morning on Day 4.