Wedding Planning Tips: Ceremony and Reception At The Same Location

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When you are planning a wedding there are any number of ways to factor in planning your wedding to help your guests be comfortable and able to enjoy the celebration .  One way that will assure your guests enjoyment in your day would be having your ceremony and reception in the same location.  This will cut down on confusion for your guests. Think about it this way – your some of your guests will be from out of town. If you are having a Destination Wedding, everyone will be new to the surroundings.  For those living in vicinity of your wedding venue, they may still be unfamiliar with that particular location. This will also cut down on your stress the day of the wedding with so many phone calls from lost wedding guest especially if your wedding ceremony and wedding reception are in two different locations.

First, it is important to remember that many of your wedding guests many not be familiar with the location of your wedding ceremony or reception.  If they are not familiar with either they will be struggling to find both in one day, which could cause a lot of undue stress.  Even though your map and directions inserted in your wedding invitation may be perfect, people still have a hard time following a route. Of course, a great GPS can certainly help lead the way.

Second, it is important to remember that you will have a limited amount of time at your own wedding reception due to your wedding photographs being taken after your ceremony.  Time seems to go by so quickly once the ceremony starts. Besides you will be anxious to join your wedding guests and if you are still at the ceremony site taking pictures this will cut down on your enjoyment of your reception and having to drive across town could cut down even more.  Don’t let your wedding day be more stressful  and lose any time with family and friends because the ceremony site is logistically too far away from the reception. The whole point is for you to have a wedding day that is wonderful, stress-free, and exactly the way you wanted. Just keep in mind these concepts when choosing a wedding venue that works for you. If you think about all sides to your wedding day from the bridal room to the dance floor, you will be able to make the right choice for your wedding day.

Wedding Tip Idea: When planning a wedding for one bride having her ceremony at a church and the reception at the beautiful Safety Harbor Resort and Spa the solution was to have the cocktail hour start later in order to give guests a chance to relax. This allowed the bride and groom to complete the after ceremony pictures at the church and then join their guests at the beginning of the cocktail hour.

Love and Wedding Planning

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Planning a wedding takes alot of your time and energy.  This is a huge event in your life. I know that you are juggling so much between your work, being engaged, family, home, and just plain life. Take a deep breathe and then take one more …  slowly letting out all the worry and anxiety. Make a top 5 list of things that you can do right now to get things going as far as your wedding.

Here is an example:

1) Select the wedding date while talking to you finance about this date being the all important anniversary for the two of you marking each new year of your marriage.

2) Write down your top 5 favorite locations for both your ceremony and reception while also considering great spots for an after party- you will have such a blast after the reception since you are finally relaxed and ready to celebrate with your friends and won’t want the evening to end.

3) Start with a list for your bridal party for both of you talking about how to match up the girls and guys and choices for maid/matron of honor and best man. Even talk about flower girls, ring bearer, etc

4) Talk about the type of ceremony that works for both of you whether it be traditional, intimate, funny, religious, etc. and decide the time for the ceremony such as sunset, evening, morning, and so on. This will help answer questions when you start visiting locations for your wedding day.

5) Start putting together a guest list for both sides of the family. This will not only give you an idea of the size of the space that you need for your wedding but it will also help you know the cost per guest and help you with a wedding budget and can be used for sending Save The Dates.

This is the best place to start. Take it one step at a time until you complete all five tasks. Look for the next five tips next time. Until then, enjoy being in love and the excitement that comes with your engagement. Make your love a priority and follow the tips above to help you with planning your wedding day.

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