A Wedding Planner’s Tips to Planning the Perfect Wedding Weekend
A destination wedding doesn’t just take place on a tropical island: many of our Silver Spur Resort brides and grooms plan destination weddings right here in Canton, Texas due to its proximity to the larger city of Dallas and because of all of the amenities and activities we offer guests. Even local couples opt to have “wedding weekends” full of activities, instead of just the wedding ceremony and reception.
Wedding weekends make a lot of sense, especially if you have guests coming from out of town and staying at or near our resort. Wedding weekends usually include some sort of welcome event on Friday, a loose schedule of activities for guests to do before the wedding starts on Saturday, and a farewell breakfast or brunch on Sunday. A place like the Silver Spur is perfect for wedding weekends because there’s an on-site restaurant, plenty of lodging, and a plethora of fun activities for guests to take advantage of Saturday before the ceremony.
Here are our event team’s top tips for planning a successful wedding weekend at the Silver Spur Resort:
Want to get married in the fall? Book at least a year in advance.
Fall is a very popular time for Texas weddings – it’s not as hot as the summer, but you still have lovely warm weather for outdoor ceremonies and photos. If your heart is set on a fall wedding, make sure you get in touch with our team to book a tour and finalize your date at least a year in advance.
Check your wedding date – is it on a Canton First Monday Trade Day Weekend?
This is definitely specific to our little corner of the world. Canton’s popular First Monday Trade Days happen once a month, and lodging in the area books up very quickly for those weekends. Spring and fall market weekends are the most popular times for people to visit the trade days, so you’ll want to book up your lodging at least a year in advance if your wedding falls on a trade day weekend in those seasons.
Include lodging options in your invitation insert card or on your wedding website
The Silver Spur Resort has many lodging options, and you’ll want your guests to be informed about what they can choose. Some guests might bring their RVs, while others might want to rent a Tiny House or Cabin. Include all of the lodging options in your invitation insert card or on your wedding website so your guests are well informed about their choices. Learn more about our lodging options here!
Have something to do on Friday night
Chances are, most guests are getting into town on the Friday before your wedding – and you’ll probably be having your rehearsal dinner that night at the Resort, too. Some couples opt to host a rehearsal dinner BBQ catered by our restaurant for all of their wedding guests that are staying at the resort. If your budget doesn’t allow for that, think about having a “Welcome Party” at the Q & Brew after your rehearsal dinner. You can get a few family-style appetizers for everyone to enjoy and catch up over some locally brewed beers. Check our events calendar to see if we have an open mic or live music event scheduled for the Friday of your wedding weekend. It’s sure to be a great time!
And give them something to do before the ceremony starts
Your guests will have all day to take advantage of the amenities the Silver Spur Resort has to offer. They can try out our Escape Room, enjoy a stroll around the grounds, or just sip coffee on the front porch of their cabin. If you want to plan a group activity like a family Foosball tournament, Cornhole tournament, game of horseshoes, or fun time in the Resort’s pool, make sure guests know about it! We recommend putting it on your wedding website or in your welcome bags for guests. Which leads us to…
Give some sort of a welcome greeting
You don’t need to do big fancy gift bags, but it is nice to do a little something to welcome your guests to your wedding weekend. You can do something as simple as kraft paper gift bags with two water bottles, a few granola bars, and a welcome note with the itinerary on it. It’s always nice to thank guests for coming and remind them again when the ceremony starts and where it is – the more information you give them, the fewer questions you’ll have to field on your wedding day!
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