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

Wedding Budget: Tips and Tricks

  1. How much money do you have? Don’t have unrealistic expectations on how much money you can save in the next 6 moths to a year.  

  2. Set a budget and stick to it! That means keeping track of how much you are spending.

  3. Look at the big picture.  Discuss what is important to you.  Do you love live music? Splurge on a live band but find other areas to save.

  4. Make compromises.  Be flexible with your options.  

  5. Be mindful of the season.  Some venues charge off season prices but consider all the factors.  If you are dead set on having peonies in your flowers, research when they are available.

  6. Do your research.

  7. Be comfortable with your vendors.  You don’t want to have to worry about minuscule details on your wedding day.

  8. Check your budget again.  Most couples are surprised how quickly everything adds up!

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Your Wedding Date: Wedding Weekend?

You might think picking a wedding date is easy.  Maybe for some people it is…. The day you two met, your first date, the day you got engaged…the options are endless.  But is there something more to consider when choosing your wedding date? Consider your time-line. Do you want to get married in 6 months?  A year? Wedding venues are often booked up a year in advance and your chosen date may not be available. So what are your options?


Saturday
Most couples opt for a Saturday.  This is by far the most common day of the week selected and for a number of valid reasons.  If you have family or friends coming from out of town, or if you have selected a venue that requires travel it is important to consider these guests.  Are you set on having a specific flower for your bouquet? Keep in mind seasonal availability and do some research before you pick your date. Venue prices and rentals may also vary by day and season.


Friday/Sunday
If you pick a Friday, are you asking your guests to take a day off work?  This can be tricky for some attendees, but send out save the dates far enough in advance so guests can prepare.  Often times the bride and groom take the Friday off to pull together some last minute preparations. Keep in mind how much time you want to have before your day to get a manicure/pedicure or just get a good night’s rest.  Are you interested in a Sunday wedding? Plan for an earlier ceremony and reception. If you are religious, check with your ceremony venue as some may not schedule weddings on a Sunday if they conflict with Sunday services.

All in all, the choice is yours. Now pick a date and let the planning begin!

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