Ever Thought About a Wedding Weekender?

Skip the traditional “I do”, dine and dance by extending your big day to a big weekend. The experts at Hilton Lake Taupo tell us how you can pull it off with ease. 


    Your wedding may be one of the only times all your loved ones are gathered in the same place at the same time – so why not make the most of it?

    Well versed in creating unforgettable weekends, we asked the wedding specialists from Hilton Lake Taupo their top tips for pulling off a multi-day celebration to remember.


    Browse the Hilton Taupo Wedding Brochure here.


    What makes the ideal wedding weekend venue?

    Look for a venue that contains brilliant indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception options as well as accommodation. Onsite activities (or attractions in close proximity to your venue) are also a must.

    For instance, Hilton Lake Taupo’s all-new function spaces offer direct access to our picturesque gardens, and are in close proximity to the hotel’s tennis court, swimming pool, sauna and onsite restaurant – the perfect base for you and your guests.

    What can couples do to make guests feel extra welcome?

    Organising group activities, especially if there are a lot of people who have never met before, is a wonderful way to make guests feel totally at ease around one another leading up to the big day.

    Consider placing welcome packs in their rooms, or arranging airport transfers so they don’t have to worry about it.

    Again, a hotel with experience in this area can truly help. At Hilton Lake Taupo, we offer discounts on accommodation to all wedding guests, and can help you organise anything from a cocktail night prior to the wedding to brunch the following day, or offer your guests in-house massages or beauty treatments.

    Hilton Lake Taupo’s beautiful accommodation, dedicated wedding specialists and all-new wedding facilities form the perfect destination for an unforgettable weekend wedding.


    An Example Hilton Wedding Weekend

    FRIDAY
    3pm

    Guests check in
    3pm-5pm
    In-room treatments available
    5pm
    Guest meet-and-greet
    7pm
    Rehearsal dinner
    SATURDAY
    8am
    Bridal party in-room breakfast
    9am
    Groom and groomsmen blow off steam with a leisure activity such as a round of golf, while hair and makeup arrive for the bride and bridesmaids’ in-room treatments.
    10am
    Guest activities such as scenic flights, beauty treatments or lake cruises can be arranged.
    12pm
    Platters and high tea are served to the bridal party
    3pm
    Guests arrive at ceremony location – champagne and homemade lemonade served
    3.30pm
    Ceremony begins
    4pm
    Champagne and group photos, cocktail and canapé service begins
    5pm
    Bridal party off-site photos
    6.00pm
    Guests move to dining room
    7.00pm
    Bridal party arrive, cake is cut
    7.10pm
    Entrée served, with first round of  speeches
    8.00pm
    Main served, followed by the second round of speeches
    9.00pm
    Dessert served
    9.30pm
    First dance
    12.00am
    Guest departure
    SUNDAY
    10am
    Friends and family brunch served at the hotel
    1pm
    Guests depart from the hotel


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