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January 12, 2015
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Wonderful Wedding Reception Service

FOUR: This is our fourth and final posting related to the biggest wedding day decision you have to make—your reception venue selection.  Most wedding reception venues will offer a package of wedding services or a selection of packages to choose from. These are well worth the time to consider in detail on the basis of price alone. But don’t stop there.

www.OvationImages.com You're Engaged! Now What? Part 8

Some of the packaged services come bundled in such a way that your flexibility to customize your wedding becomes limited. In other cases, the bundled food and/or liquor may not fit your vision. Check the liquor service hours. Get it into the details—like “do the bars stay open during dinner?” “Can my fiance’s Aunt have a table for the Groom’s Cake she is going to bake?”, “Is there a cake cutting charge?” And so on.

The point is that the details will end up making a difference. It is impossible to list all the exception cases we have seen. But keep your antennas up for extra charges for customization that you want to do for your reception—even subtracting a service  or changing your schedule can result in extra charges. You simply cannot ask too many questions when it comes to your reception venue service package. So have your questions ready and get some sense of how flexible your venue is going to be when the inevitable changes to the plan are necessary.

The previous post in this series is HERE.

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January 11, 2015
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Wedding Reception Guest Planning: 150 of Your Closest Friends Are Coming To Dinner! They are counting on your hospitality.

www.Ovation images.com You're Engaged! Now What? Part 7 of 30

THREE: This is our third posting related to reception venue selection (and one more still to come—do you think venue selection is important?! Part One is HERE, Get Part Two HERE).  Your guest list will also help you choose your wedding reception venue. How many names are on that list? Where are they coming from?

It’s pretty clear that the facility you choose must be able to accommodate all the guests on your list. Pick a size that is a comfortable fit. At the low end, say under 100 guests, there are some lovely restaurants and B&B’s in this area with delicious banquet facilities. They will deliver a memorable wedding experience. (Slideshow time! Two of our favorites are Hyholde in Moon Township and Morning Glory Inn on the South Side). At the other extreme, with 350 guests and up, the number of venues in this region that can comfortably accommodate your wedding without using outdoor space can be listed on half of a single page.

Where are your guests coming from? If they are almost all local, then that is an ideal situation. In that case, every available reception venue option is open to you. But if one family is not from Pittsburgh and large numbers of your guests will be coming in from out of town, it’s time to look closely at a hotel for your wedding reception.

A hotel reception has so many advantages for out of town guests that the hotel option becomes nearly unbeatable. Cost (for your guests) is among the advantages, but convenience should not be overlooked—especially for the elders of the family. With a block of rooms reserved, many hotels will break out their top-drawer wedding services, providing you with suites for getting-ready and private moments, plus a set of “free” add-ons to your wedding package that can range from special desserts to extended bar service hours. This is an area where a good wedding planner will earn their keep.

An alternative to a hotel is a banquet hall or country club with shuttle service to nearby hotels. But the convenience advantage of a hotel reception is virtually lost once a shuttle service is required.

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 Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.

Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
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January 10, 2015
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Wedding Ceremony and Reception Combined: Indoor? Outdoor? Ceremony and reception in the same location? Lions and Tigers and wedding vows, oh my!

www.OvationImages.com You're Engaged! Now What? Part 6

TWO: This is our second posting related to reception venue selection. (see the first one HERE). Two of the biggest questions you should ask yourself about locations and reception venues are: 1. Can I have my ceremony and reception at the same location?, and 2. Can this location or can my reception location be outdoors?

If your family has strong ties to a local church, or if you want a specific minister who only works at one church or parish, then obviously you will want to use that church. Otherwise, having your ceremony and reception at the same location has worthwhile advantages including no limousine expense and no travel time in between. Staying in one place is also a big convenience to your guests. Many country clubs have great accomodations for indoor and outdoor ceremonies, as well as beautiful reception banquet halls. If you are not tied to a specific church, give some thought to combining your locations into one.

To the North of Pittsburgh, one venue that brings together the best qualities of a combined ceremony and reception location and can accommodate weddings of almost any size, is The Chadwick (you can see a slideshow of a combined Chadwick wedding and reception HERE). To the South of Pittsburgh there is also a really impressive combined ceremony and reception location for weddings with 100 guests or fewer, Hyholde.

What about an outdoor event? The poets have referred to the great outdoors as “God’s Cathedral.” If you have ever been to an outdoor wedding under blue skies on a beautiful, sunny day, then you know how gorgeous and romantic an outdoor wedding can be. Obviously, the weather is the questionmark. But every outdoor venue will have a rain alternative—a covered area that you can use in a pinch. Equally attractive, outdoor venues are often less costly than a traditional church and reception banquet hall wedding. If it appeals to you, you should give some thought to an outdoor wedding. Here is an OvationImages.com example of how marvelous an outdoor wedding and reception in the same location can make your wedding day: http://ovationimages.com/2011/02/09/pittsburgh-wedding-and-reception-at-shady-elms-farm/

Please continue to follow Ovation Images on facebook to hear more of our couples experiences planning their weddings.

Follow Ovation Images on our blog or on facebook for many Ovation Images wedding photo ideas!

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Copyright 2011-2015 by OvationImages.com

 Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.

Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Mention our BLOG when you meet with us and receive
Eight FREE 8×10 prints added on to any wedding photography package purchase!
Please also visit the Ovation Images facebook page!  And check out our high school seniors blog!

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January 09, 2015
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Fine Dining Leads To Fine Wedding Pictures! Here it is! If you follow Ovation Images, then you know that we only offer specials one time each year–at Cavanaugh’s Brideshow. This year’s special offer is extremely romantic and verrrrry tasty! Check it out…

The first 10 people to book an 8 hour or longer wedding photography package with Ovation Images at or after Cavanaugh’s Brideshow this weekend will receive a $100 gift certificate to Altius, Pittsburgh’s finest new dining experience! If there is a more romantic spot for dinner in Pittsburgh, we haven’t seen it!
Love The Ring! by OvationImages.com

Love The Ring! by OvationImages.com

Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most experienced and trusted wedding photographer since 2001. You will love your candid, artistic and intimate wedding pictures. Visit us in our Shadyside studio and browse our collection of thank you cards from happy couples.
Altius is Pittsburgh’s newest Mount Washington dining experience. You will be thrilled with food, service and of course, with the view! Altius screams romance! Here is a review from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Wedding Sunset at Shady Elms Farm by OvationImages.com

Wedding Sunset at Shady Elms Farm by OvationImages.com

Please continue to follow Ovation Images on facebook to hear more of our couples experience choosing their wedding reception venue.

Follow Ovation Images on our blog or on facebook for many Ovation Images wedding photo ideas!

Want to see a complete Ovation Images wedding? You can see an entire Ovation Images wedding gallery HERE.

Copyright 2011-2015 by OvationImages.com

 Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.

Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Mention our BLOG when you meet with us and receive
Eight FREE 8×10 prints added on to any wedding photography package purchase!
Please also visit the Ovation Images facebook page!  And check out our high school seniors blog!

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January 08, 2015
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Perfect Wedding Reception Venue … 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 wedding reception location. Things to consider: 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.

Please continue to follow Ovation Images on facebook to hear more of our couples experience choosing their wedding reception venue.

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Copyright 2011-2015 by OvationImages.com

 Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.

Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Mention our BLOG when you meet with us and receive
Eight FREE 8×10 prints added on to any wedding photography package purchase!
Please also visit the Ovation Images facebook page!  And check out our high school seniors blog!

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January 07, 2015
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Wedding Shopping With A Plan.  There are good reasons to shop for some wedding day services before others! Read on…

You're Engaged! Now What? Part 4 of 30

From the first moment you sit down to plan your big day, you realize that the availability of your church and reception venue is the biggest factor in selecting your wedding date (see our blog post on date selection here: http://ovationimages.com/helpful-wedding-ideas/the-best-date-for-your-wedding/). Well, okay—once you have your church and reception venue locked up, now what? Go dress shopping, right? Wait! Give it some more thought…

Some wedding vendors can only do one wedding on the date you select. So if you love the photographer who did your best friend’s wedding pictures–that would be us–OvationImages.com– call them now! If someone else gets there first, then you have to go shopping for photographers because they can only do one wedding on any given day. This is also true for good DJs, bands and videographers. On any given day, your favorite band can only play one gig. So if your band is high on your priority list, call them the very next minute after you sign the contract with your reception venue!

What about caterer, cake, florist and so forth? Well, actually they can and usually do serve 4, 5 or more weddings on a given Saturday. So you can still get the ones you want later.  There is no need to be in a big rush to lock in those vendors.

Going back to our blog post about selecting a date, remember that from May through October, competition for the best services on a Saturday will be significant. Your timing can make all the difference between getting exactly what you want or settling for less.  From November through April and on Fridays and Sundays, there are fewer weddings, so there is less competition for quality wedding services. In fact. many vendors including Ovation Images offer discounts for non-Saturday and off-season weddings for that very reason.

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Copyright 2011-2015 by OvationImages.com

 Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding photography studio since 2001.

Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Mention our BLOG when you meet with us and receive
Eight FREE 8×10 prints added on to any wedding photography package purchase!
Please also visit the Ovation Images facebook page!  And check out our high school seniors blog!

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May 16, 2014
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We get wonderful cards from happy couples and brides–even for our engagement photography which is included free in our 3 most popular wedding packages. Getting a card like this is a wonderful part of our work for you!  We throw ourselves heart and soul into your wedding photography because we are privileged to work with some of the greatest couples and families around–on one of the most important and wonderful days of their lives.
Thanks Dana and Sam! We love you guys too!

Thank You Means Better Wedding Photography

Thank You Means Better Wedding Photography

Dana and Sam Engaged by OvationImages.com

Dana and Sam Engaged by OvationImages.com

Dana and Sam’s engagement photography was taken near Phipps Conservatory in Oakland, Pittsburgh.

Shopping for wedding and engagement photography? Call us and come browse
our collection of thank-you cards from our happy couples! 412-735-4959.
Mention our blog when we meet and you will receive eight free 8×10 prints
added on to any wedding photography package!

Ovation Images is Pittsburgh’s most-trusted wedding and family photography studio since 2001. Where else can you see over 100 real Pittsburgh weddings except on our YouTube Channel?
Please also visit the Ovation Images wedding blog! And check out our high school seniors blog!

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