February 13, 2012

You’re Engaged! Now What? Part 5 of 30: Your Reception (Venue) Rules!  Choosing your reception venue is not as hard as choosing a mate—but it might seem that way!

You're Engaged! Now What? Part 5 of The Ovation Images Series

Choosing a reception venue for your wedding is BIG. Everything other choice you make will build on your choice of venue. There are a variety of considerations and we will go through them all in the nest several posts. They are: 1) Proximity to your church, 2) Reception and ceremony in one? 3) indoor or outdoor? 4) the number of guests you are expecting and where they are coming from, and 5) pricing and the total service package you want. Let’s dive in!

ONE: Proximity To Your Church. It is a hard fact that  the location of your church will limit your reception venue choices. The heart of this issue is the driving time for you and your guests after your wedding ceremony. 45 minutes is a long drive at that particular moment. The drive time will take time away from other things you may want to do like traditional pictures in front of the altar, intimate pictures with just the two of you together for the first time as husband and wife, a receiving line, or even just being able to attend your own cocktail hour! Drive time also adds to your expenses—like limousine service and anyone else who is being paid hourly.

So the first reception venue decision you have to make is “How far away from my church am I willing to drive?” — unless of course, your reception venue and your “church” are one and the same! We’ll look at that option in our next article.

Copyright 2012 OvationImages.com, may not be reproduced in any form. These articles condense and combine all that our brides have shared with us over the years. OvationImages.com is Pittsburgh’s source for elite wedding photography:  2012 Pick: The Knot Best of Weddings, and  2012 Wedding Wire Bride’s Choice, featured in the 2012 Whirl Wedding Guide.