Thursday, June 25, 2009

Location, Location, Location

Week 3 of our wedding planning series and we’re moving along with the planning process. But as always before I begin, let me provide you with the drink for the evening – this one comes courtesy of the Detroit Style Diva (my stylish co-host Robin)

Summertime Cosmo

1 ounce vodka; (omit for mocktail)
1 ounce Cointreau or orange juice concentrate
2 ounces cranberry juice

Suggested Garnish: sugar rimmed glass and curled orange zest

Directions: Place ingredients in shaker with ice; shake well. Pour into sugar rimmed martini glass.


Tonight on the show we discussed selecting the perfect location for wedding and reception. There are many things to consider when selecting a wedding venue. Are you looking for a traditional space (i.e. church, hotel, banquet facility) or are you looking for something that is a bit more non-traditional (i.e. beach, museum, park)? The thing to keep in mind is that the more traditional venues offer couples the experience, security and convenience of having hosted hundreds of weddings. By going with a more non-traditional venue, additional work may be required to transform the space to achieve your vision.

Some things to consider when deciding between a traditional and non-traditional venue;

Advantage of Non-Traditional Venue
  • May be easier to get your desired date – less competition with other couples on your wedding date
  • Lower price to rent – venues that only host a few weddings a year may be more willing to negotiate on the price
  • A unique venue will enhance the guest experience – makes a more memorable experience

Disadvantages of Non-Traditional Venue

  • Less experience in hosting weddings thus may provide less support during the planning
  • May require additional costs for rentals (i.e. tables, chairs, lighting, sound systems, dance floor, security, etc)
If you’re one of those couples that like to think “out of the box” then consider the following venues for your wedding:

Historic Sites
Farms, Ranches, Barns
Art Gallery
Mansion and private homes
Public Gardens

The thing to remember that when selecting any venue, whether traditional or non-traditional, couples need to consider not only what represents their style, but that they can also afford it. (yes, check that budget!)

With a little imagination almost anywhere has the potential to be a unique wedding venue.

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