If you’re planning your dream wedding, chances are you start off by choosing your perfect venue. And then the next big decision is whether you’re going to have both the service and the reception at the same venue, or whether you’d prefer to be more traditional and have the formal service in a different location to the evening reception. So what are the benefits of having everything in one place? Firstly there’s no costly transport required for during the day. This is great news for all parties, bridal, groom and guests.
Lauren Schmitz, the owner of Table 1 events, points out that if you do decide on this option you need to work pretty closely with your wedding planner to ensure that firstly, there is enough staff on-site to convert the room from a ceremony to a reception area in a short amount of time. This is usually done over a cocktail hour so you need to think about timings and plan accurately.
Amber Peacock, weddings and events manager at Spicers Clovelly Estate, points out that the second perk of this choice is that you don’t have to worry about showing up on time. If you’re the one in your friendship group that is notoriously late then this might be the best option for you to take the pressure off on the day.
Thirdly, if you’re only using one space, you’ll only receive the bill for one venue, so you’ll save money in the long run if you choose to hold everything at the same place. Plus, as Matthew Oliver, owner of Matthew Oliver Weddings, cleverly warms, if the weather isn’t on your side, then think of your hair and makeup, which will remain perfect throughout the day if you don’t have to brace yourself for the outdoors.
The main reason behind why people choose two separate locations is if it’s a more traditional wedding with the ceremony in a church, in which case it’s pretty impossible to have both events in the same place. So, make sure you make the right decision for you and your partner to make sure your big day runs smoothly and stress-free.