Wedding Reception

Wedding Invitations: What’s the word?

Writing a wedding invitation seems pretty straightforward.  But is it? Sometimes it can be easy to miss some of the pertinent information you need to provide for your guests.  So what does an invitation need to include?

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Make sure you include the obvious details:

Who: (your names)

What: (it’s a wedding!)

Where: Ceremony and Venue location

When: Time (ceremony time and reception time) If you are having photos after your ceremony make sure you include the reception time.  Alternatively, “reception to follow”

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Make sure you provide additional information to your guests including easy to follow directions to the venue, parking options and list accommodation that is close by.  If you have blocked off a section of rooms at a specific hotel, include your reservation information.

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Are you having a backyard wedding?  Or is your venue a swanky downtown restaurant?  Give your guests and idea of the dress code. This can include wording like “smart casual, black tie, cocktail dress”.  Also indicate if specific footwear is required. I personally got married on a boat so our invite included “boat appropriate footwear is required”.  The last thing you want is a bunch of ladies showing up to a backyard garden wedding in stilettos.

Last but not least include your RSVP information.  It can be helpful to have various forms of communication…an RSVP card, email or phone number are all possible options.  Include an RSVP date.

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Other than customizing some traditional and non-traditional elements you should be good to go!

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Wedding Venue: Picking your Atmosphere

You’ve picked a date
You’ve looked at how to budget for the big event
Where will this party happen?

Ceremony Location;
Are you religious, or have family members that are? This could play a part in deciding on having your ceremony in a separate location - ie. a Church.
There are sometimes time restrictions with having a ceremony in a Church, so consider this and speak with your parish or priest about the details.
Do you want an outdoor location for your ceremony? If you want something in a park or field - there are still things to consider like; permits, someone to marry you, toilets, parking, just to name a few...

The Burroughes Building , Toronto Photo Credit: Toronto Wedding Studios

The Burroughes Building , Toronto
Photo Credit: Toronto Wedding Studios

Reception Location;
Think about what time of day you might want your reception to happen. Will it be a party that goes into the wee hours, or perhaps a casual brunch/lunch or cocktail vibe. Once you have considered the atmosphere you would like it will help narrow down a more specific look, vibe or atmosphere you will be looking for. For example if you are thinking a more intimate brunch for your nearest and dearest - a restaurant might be the perfect fit. Or perhaps the look and atmosphere is something you really want to create for your guests - so a gallery or event space is more up your alley.
Will you need accommodations for people that are traveling to get to you? If its a more remote location, you might want to consider how many people will want to stay the night somewhere vs. driving home the same day/night. This doesn’t really factor in if you are choosing a resort style venue - as rooms should be readily available to you and your guests for the date of your event!

Ricarda’s Restuarant, Toronto Photo Credit: kirstenhuculiak.com

Ricarda’s Restuarant, Toronto
Photo Credit: kirstenhuculiak.com

Or Both;
There are certainly a lot of Venues that will offer both a place for the ceremony and the reception, which might make things easier! These are also typically the venues that will also include all kinds of things like rentals, linens, staffing, a complete bar and caterer etc. All really good considerations, as you will most likely end up spending more if you have to book all these separate pieces individually and have to organize it all to happen for one day!

Cosgrove Barn, Havelock ON Photo Credit: Lauren McCormick Photography

Cosgrove Barn, Havelock ON
Photo Credit: Lauren McCormick Photography

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Our Suggestions;
1. Pick your location
2. Make an accurate guess of your guest list
3. Decide Sit-down or Cocktail/Party Reception
4. Narrow down your Venue choices by size - now that you have a guest list
5. Choose 3 Venues you like and go visit them!
6. Ask Questions! What do they include? What’s already on-site? Do they have examples of the set-up you would be having?
7. Be ready to decide quickly!

Once you have your Venue location and the date confirmed - you can start narrowing down all the other details that follow! Are you getting excited yet?

Assembly Chef’s Hall, Toronto

Assembly Chef’s Hall, Toronto