When it comes to your wedding day, venue location is one of the most important aspects of planning. Your venue will set the ambience for your event, thus it is very important to pick a location for your special day that reflects you and your future spouse’s lifestyle and personalities. After all, this will be the first day of your new life together so it should echo your character as a couple.
When you go to choose your ideal location, forget about what comes to mind when you think of a typical wedding and indulge in what you dream about when you picture yours. If you are a traditional duo, you may favor a religious sanctuary. If you are a non-religious couple and have a laid-back personality, maybe your wedding dreams are of a barefoot beachside affair. Artsy pairs may decide upon a whimsical garden event, and contemporary couples may opt for a trendy site such as a hip new museum.To help you better get a feel for types of venues and what may suit you best, we have assembled a list of popular wedding reception settings along with the “pros and cons” that you can expect from each.
Do you dream of an exotic location for the backdrop of your “I dos?” A destination wedding is a chance for your most beloved family and friends to gather and celebrate the start of a new family. Destination weddings can be a weekend or weeklong affair, doubling as a vacation for everyone involved. But on the flip side, destination celebrations can be a lot to ask of certain people; they cost a good deal of money for attendees and travel can be difficult for elderly guests and friends or family with young children. If you are thinking of hosting your nuptials afar, consider first that not everyone will be able to attend and decide whether this fact will be a deal breaker or not.
For free-spirited couples, an outdoor soirée is a wonderful way to connect with nature. It will also save money and time on décor, as nature often offers the most beautiful scenes. Whether you envision a winery with sprawling vines, a garden with vibrant blooms, or a beach with a picturesque ocean view, the natural environment of your venue will be truly unparalleled. An outdoor wedding will create a unique and unforgettable experience for you and your guests; however, you must be sure to have a Plan B if opting for an outdoor party. Inclement weather can disrupt your dreamy scene, but if you are flexible and can find a backup plan that will portray your theme well – perhaps a room that overlooks the ocean, garden, or vineyard – then you can still enjoy the same atmosphere, come rain or shine.
Hotel or Reception Hall
Hotel properties and reception halls are wonderful options because these are venues that are well versed in the art of pulling off large events. They are accustomed to hosting large-scale parties, so you will have experienced staff to ensure your day goes off without a hitch. Plus, packages for many reception halls and hotels include items such as centerpieces, table linens, chair covers, utensils, dinnerware, and other elements that will save you time and money on décor. This option may be unappealing to some because it can seem to lack a personalized touch; however, you can still customize your event by bringing in your own décor if you desire.
A DIY Dream
Perhaps you’re opting for a completely DIY reception, such as a backyard tented affair or a rented-out rustic barn. This will allow for a truly unique event, as everything you do will be made-to-order for your big day. It’s also a great way to include familial elements: for example, grandma’s famous homemade cookies boxed and given as favors. If budget is not an issue, this is a great option for brides who are ready to roll up their sleeves and orchestrate a gorgeous party with their own personal touch. The con for this type of wedding is that you will not have anything at your disposal, so the small items that are usually included – such as linens, plates, forks, knives, lighting, chairs, tables, etc. – will have to be paid for separately.
With just a small bit of planning, your wedding dreams can become a reality in the spirit of whatever theme you choose. Just remember, whether you’re in your childhood home, miles away on an exotic island, or somewhere in between, be sure to enjoy every moment of this very special celebration of love. Cheers!
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