If you’re planning a wedding this year, chances are you’re being inundated with ideas for where to host the ceremony and reception. Whether you’re planning a local wedding or one that requires a bit of travel, one thing is for sure, and that’s that planning the ceremony and reception at the same venue can make your planning process a lot easier. Here are the top five benefits of doing just that.
5) No need to plan for travel between venues
First things first: the obvious idea that if you plan your ceremony and reception in two different places, you’ll have to travel between them. For the wedding party alone, this can be a huge hassle since you’ll have to make sure that everything you need, from clothing to makeup and accessories to other supplies for the reception and anything else, is removed from the ceremony venue and brought to the reception venue. Aside from being inconvenient, there’s the chance of leaving things behind, guests or wedding party members getting lost, stuck in traffic, or otherwise held up, and overall, though it is a very popular thing to have a ceremony and reception in two different places, it’s not the most efficient choice.
4) Have the convenience of choosing from a trusted vendor list
If you haven’t yet decided on things like the caterer, DJ, bartender, florist, cake supplier, etc., one benefit to hosting your ceremony and reception in the same venue is that due to experience of hosting, the venue likely has a list of vendors they have worked with before and who their guests have enjoyed using. If you’re at a loss of who to choose from, asking the venue for their list of trusted vendors can be a great start.
3) Guests automatically have a place to stay.
When your wedding is all in one place, it makes it easy on guests as well as yourselves, since you’ve already got a place to sleep when the festivities wrap up. You won’t have to worry about driving to a hotel or making sure that everyone gets home safely, and even if some of your guests weren’t planning on spending the night away from home, they have the option to do so if your ceremony and reception are at a place that offers lodging.
2) You may be eligible for a package deal or discounted rate for rooms.
Many venues, if you book in advance and need a block of rooms for your guests, will offer a discounted rate or package deal for a certain number of rooms. This is ideal when it comes to staying on budget.
1) You can plan your honeymoon around it.
If your wedding is in the same city that your honeymoon is, it’s easy to simply book a stay at the venue of your ceremony and reception for however long your honeymoon is and not have to worry about even more moving around of belongings. Even if you’re not having your honeymoon in the same location as the wedding venue, it’s always nice to have the option to relax for a long weekend before getting back to the grind—perfect for those couples that plan their honeymoons for a few months after their wedding!