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The Perfect 3 day Itinerary for Your Destination Wedding

Planning a destination wedding doesn't involve just the actual ceremony, you also have to take into consideration what to do on the days leading up to the ceremony as well. Your guests are not just going to your wedding, they are also going on vacation. Creating an itinerary that balances wedding activities and leisure time ensures a seamless blend of celebration and relaxation. Keep reading to unveil the perfect 3 day itinerary for your destination wedding.

Romantic beachfront wedding ceremony in Riviera Maya, Mexico
Destination Wedding Ceremony in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Day 1: Arrival

It's most likely your guest will be arriving from different cities at different times. Don't plan anything for the daytime on that first day so everyone can arrive leisurely and get settled in. After a smooth check in allow them to explore the resort and get checked in to their rooms. Host an evening welcome cocktail reception or dinner. If you have a room block through your travel agent, it is likely that you even earned a complimentary welcome cocktail party. This allows guests to mingle and meet anyone they may not know yet.

Welcome Cocktail party at destination wedding in Mexico
Welcome Cocktail Party at the Pool Terrace

Day 2: Group Excursion

Planning an excursion for your guests is a great way for them to experience the destination you picked for your wedding and make your celebration even more memorable. Whether it is a snorkeling trip, catamaran sunset cruise or a cultural immersion, choose something that brings everyone together and showcases the destination. Your travel agent can give you recommendations of tours and companies and even secure a discounted rate.

Destination wedding excursion snorkel trip in Cancun, mexico
Wedding Guest Excursion

Day 3: Wedding Day

Finally, the big day is here! While you and your wedding party are busy doing all the pre-wedding things like hair and makeup and photos, the rest of your guests can enjoy the resort for the day. This is the perfect opportunity for them to rest and relax by lounging at the beach or pool or getting a spa treatment. Again, this is their vacation too! After you and your fiancé exchange vows in front of your closest friends and family, it is time to celebrate! If you are planning on taking your wedding photos after the ceremony, you can host a cocktail hour at a different location like the pool or garden terrace. Then it's off to the reception to dance the night away!

Destination wedding couple on the beach
"I do" on the beach!

This three day destination wedding itinerary offers the perfect blend of relaxation, adventure, and celebration. Making sure you take into consideration that your wedding is also a vacation for your guests, will ensure that they have time to rest and enjoy the beautiful resort you picked for your celebration. Following a simple plan will ensure you create an unforgettable experience and leave your guests with cherished memories of your beautiful wedding in paradise.


 Hi, I’m Megan, the owner or Paradise Travel and destination wedding specialist. I understand the joys and fears that couples experiences when deciding on a destination wedding. I have firsthand knowledge of the best destinations and resorts that help me craft a successful wedding in paradise. I handle all the meticulous details of the planning and travel process so you can relax and enjoy the time leading up to your destination wedding. I look forward to helping you plan a memorable wedding in Paradise!

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