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These days, the wedding itself is often just one part (albeit the most important one!) of celebrations. This is especially true in Puglia. Depending on the preferences of you and your guests, a long weekend of beach wedding festivities can last anywhere from three to five days. Here are some pre and post-wedding beach party ideas to make your beach wedding weekend in Puglia an entire holiday to reminisce about for years to come
Engagement parties, bridal showers, and bachelor/bachelorette parties can be held at Coco Beach a few days before the wedding and up until the night before.
If guests are arriving a couple of days before the wedding, you can’t go wrong with an organized beach day. Think of having a set time for everyone to meet up at the beach after they have a chance to check into their hotel, rest, and change.
We can organize parties on the beach by day, reserving the sun loungers across our various dedicated sessions (family, kid-friendly and VIP), pool activities and private lunch with the menu of your choice. Lawn games on the beach, and even organized group games, are fair play. Similarly, we can arrange ‘welcome’ sunset cocktails with an aperitivo, live music and relaxed dinners – consider that either table-service or rustic beach style are among our guests’ favorites.
Consider having some signature cocktails to personalize the event and highlight you and your partners’ taste as a couple. You also can’t go wrong with wines local to the region in Italy. These events are also a great way to have your guests connect, meet and bond before the big day – under the Apulian sun and surrounded by our warm hospitality, there will be a burst of positive energy.
If guests are up for it after a long day, we can plan a late-night swimming session at the pool – this is a great activity idea for you and your best group of friends. It’s a very low-key way to relax and get some personal time in with your besties.
And then the evening before the wedding, there is, of course, the option to have a traditional rehearsal dinner as is popular in many cultures. You’ll have the option to do a full buyout in order to thank your guests for coming. Consider making this a beachfront dinner filled with lots of local and fresh ingredients from our celebrated Apulian producers. We can organize a barbeque or a splendid seafood feast; whatever it is you prefer. Expect serious bonus points if you arrange a varied menu from the one that will be at the wedding itself. If you’d like to set-up a different kind of rehearsal dinner, we, as Apulian, would recommend that you try the “Festa in Piazza” experience, where various local delicacies are lined up on rustic-style tables to form a sort of mini food market.
After you’ve officially tied the knot, don’t let the party end quite yet. Post-wedding day, many couples arrange a day at the beach, either with family, friends or a mix of everyone. You might want to go with a traditional brunch, international-style, or arrange a midday BBQ to get everyone outside again, recovering from hangovers (!) and incorporate more quality time into the weekend. Another option is a light, healthy lunch detox by the sea complete with salads, fresh fruits and vegetables, squeezed juices, and perhaps light cocktails, white wine, and rosé in the afternoon. A full buyout is a courteous way to handle the event for your guests who have traveled from all over to celebrate with you. Otherwise, we can certainly arrange a buy-out of specific spaces and timeslots.
Consider one last activity before everyone flies back home: why not book a group yoga class, mini 15-minute massages, or section of an area by the pool for family time complete with sunbathing, swimming, and board games?
By creating a schedule full of fun and interesting activities for your guests at your beach wedding weekend, you can turn “just another wedding in season” into a truly stand-out holiday. The options are endless here at Coco Beach. Don’t be afraid to be creative and think outside the box!
We invite you to share your ideas with us and we’ll help you to start planning.
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