One question I get asked a lot by brides to be is whether or not a single venue is ideal for both ceremony and reception.
Such a tough one, I must say. Because in the end, the perfect answer depends on the taste of the couple.
You must have read a ton of articles telling you about the cons of having more than one venue for your wedding. While I share in that sentiment, it is essential to know that there are no hard and fast rules here. I have seen couples make it work.
In some cases, you may have to use a nearby facility for your reception. Or maybe travel an hour to your reception. In any events, it all depends on YOU.
What do you want? Can you handle having two or three venues? Is that the dream?
I will like you to answer those questions sincerely. And if it is what you want, you have my full support.
To help you reach a quick decision, here are 5 reasons I think you should have both ceremonies in a single venue.
Time! Your time is precious. Your wedding day is going to be really busy. From the ceremony to the reception, photo sessions and every other activity in between, you will have no extra time to spare. If you choose to have the ceremony and reception at different locations, that means spending extra time on the road. Don’t even get me started on those with three locations. It’s beautiful in theory, but do you have the time to pull that off? I would rather spend the extra time savoring the moment, instead of spending it on the road, shuttling from one event center to the next.
Although I’m all for ‘it’s your day. You get to plan it as you wish,’ I must quickly add that the comfort of your guest should be one of your top priorities. These are family and friend traveling from thousands of miles to share in this precious moment. The least you can do is make them feel welcomed and their effort appreciated. Making them struggle to navigate their way from one venue to another is not the way to go, girl. You will save them a lot of troubles by hosting your wedding at a single location. This eliminates the chances of them getting lost, running through the town.
Your wedding coverage is one of the most important event that day. You want everything covered. From your dressing room to that of your partner and every other thing that follows. How do you plan to pull this off in multiple locations? Hire different photographers for the job? That’s incurring more cost. Is it really worth it? Why not have everyone at the same place, sharing in the same moment. Family and friends too!
Take the time to consider how much you would save by holding both events on a single venue. For starters, you do not have to pay for an extra venue. That’s a huge relief because these venues cost a ton of dollar. Also, you wouldn’t pay double for decoration. Using a single location makes it easy to quickly transfer some of the stuff used for the ceremony to the reception, saving you a whole lot of money. Another importance is the travel cost. You must have heard how pricey wedding transportation is. The facts ain’t lying, sis. If you are looking for a way to cut back on wedding cost, this is it.
I know it is a once in a lifetime event and as such, deserves the best, but sometimes simple is best. You will still get your magical wedding. Yes, you will. It will be exactly like you have always dreamed. Just keep it simple. One location. All your loved ones. Less cost. More time. Isn’t that perfect?
Wedding parties are magical. The feeling is out of this world. As a once in a lifetime event, we strive to make it the best. But sometimes this ‘best’ does not necessarily mean a big, overblown party. Don’t go out of your mean to impress the crowd. Choose whatever pattern works best for you and stick with it.
So, there you have my opinion. What is your gonna be?