Yes, I am an event designer, but when I am your wedding planner – I want your wedding to be FUN before it is beautiful. (Don’t worry.. it will be both) But the fun part needs to be considered. Up front. I have been thinking about this a lot lately as the past couple weeks have been spent location scouting with a few of my 2014 brides. Some venues, while beautiful, may not have the right fun factor you have been looking for.
Fun is all in the logistics. And it is not the same for each of my couples. When looking for a venue, you have to do an in-person walk-through. Figure out where the ceremony would be, physically walk to the cocktail hour space, and then to where dinner would take place. If possible, sit at one of the tables, look around, then explore where the dancing is going to happen. Ask yourself – what do I want my wedding to be? If you want a big party with a packed dance-floor, pick a location where everything happens close proximity to the dance-floor. Some guests may want to sit and only watch others “cut a rug” , don’t make them sit in another room or you will lose your crowd. Keep the (stocked) bars nearby, and try not to segment different activities in different rooms. While it might seem like a fun exploration, your guest count will be scattered around and you won’t have them all sweating it up to the music.
Other couples want a relaxed vibe. An intimate dinner party feel, where guests are able to explore and be entertained in their own way throughout the night. Weddings like this usually include cigar bar rooms, photobooth areas, and each element of the night from the the cocktail hour, to dinner, to the reception happen in vastly different segregated areas. During the reception, there might be multiple lounges where guests can scatter and have a relaxed conversation by a fireplace. There is still dancing of course, but it isn’t the only thing going on.
Both scenarios are FUN and I would personally love to be a guest at either. But, they are different variations of fun and something that should reflect your style as a couple. Discuss your ideal wedding and flow before you start the venue search and keep that vibe in the forefront while beginning your process. It will make the decision SO much easier. Then, once you have your idea of fun mapped about, we can get started on the beautiful.