Your wedding is an event that is important to you, and the day should feel perfect. But as you prepare for the big day, streamline decisions that seem like no-brainers may not be the best choice for your wedding. Traditionally, the ceremony and reception of a wedding are held at two different locations. Many couples have the wedding ceremony performed at a place of worship, then move everyone over to a reception facility of some kind.
But Kelly O’Laughlin of Huffington Post advises nuptials to “forget about tradition and do what you want to do.” Two locations may work for some weddings, but many couples have begun to break such tradition, especially since the wedding party, couple, and all the guests at a wedding can sometimes total several hundred people. Three benefits in particular have convinced many couples to hold their special day not at two different locations, but in one place.
Getting everyone from one destination to another in a stress-free, orderly, and timely manner is nearly impossible. No matter how many helpful maps you put into the invitations, there will be those who use their phones instead, who use a different route, who know a shortcut. Many guests might not be familiar with the roads at all. Plus, photos of the wedding party cause further timing delays, and every traffic light causes a new wave of guests, and timing delays further on in the reception. Even short distances from the ceremony setting to the reception site can be complicated with any amount of guests.
“Having your wedding at one location takes the stressful travel out of the equation,” said French’s Point. Many venues offer a beautiful area for a ceremony to take place, as well as a spacious area for the reception, all on site. One single location greatly simplifies the rushing around in preparation for the day. A lot less driving is involved, and takes a lot of complication out of planning the reception and ceremony.
With the reception and wedding ceremony happening in one place, the overall look and style of the wedding is unified. The place of worship where a ceremony is traditionally held can clash with the reception. Hosting both parts of a wedding at one location makes for unity in the feel, lighting for pictures, and décor overall.
And although it’s not proper etiquette, many guests assume that they can come for the wedding ceremony but ditch the reception. If you were envisioning all those you love come to see you get married and fellowship with them afterwards, one location is going to be your best bet. Having the same location for the ceremony and reception ensures that you will have time to talk with all the guests who came to see your reception. One location will unify the guests, the décor, and the vibe of your special day.
Two separate locations mean double the cost of floral arrangements, seating options, and other decorations. And given the fact that a single guest can add nearly $200 to your wedding, gathering your loved ones in one location will bring the cost down drastically. Many high-expense venues offer reception services only, while some cathedrals or chapels limit their services to the ceremony. But the one-location trend is catching on, and many venues offer combined services as a cheaper alternative to two separate places. Alan Fields estimates that the average cost of an American wedding is $25000 to $35000. However, renting one location for your special day drastically cuts money for decorations, transportation, staffing services, and more.
Overall, the many benefits of having your wedding in one location instead of the traditional two has caused many couples to choose a single spot for their special day. It boasts the benefits of simplified scheduling for a wedding that is pulled off smoothly, a unified feel to the celebration, and a drastic amount of money saved so you can put it toward the areas you want, and make your wedding day perfect for you.