Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Thinking Outside the Country Club

To quote Dave Matthews, "it's not where but who you are with that really matters".  Hotels and country clubs are such an expected wedding site that when couples choose to branch out for their venue, people take notice.  USA Today recently featured an article about a couple who had their ceremony & reception in the last place anyone would connect with weddings- a funeral home. Yes, you read that correctly.  A lot of couples are choosing to have their ceremony and/or reception in a place that reflects them such as on top of a mountain, a BMX bike park, a museum, ceremonies while biking, and even an aquarium to name a few unique sites. 

The important details to focus on when planning a ceremony or reception at an atypical site are the logistics.  Make sure that the facility is equipped to hold a ceremony- bathrooms, accessibility, and parking are obvious concerns.  And for a reception there are obvious catering concerns in addition to overall space.  If you find a great offbeat site but it does not have a site coordinator or someone who will sit with you to discuss logistics, keep looking.  And if you are not sure if your potential site will fit for your wedding, you can always find a wedding planner who will be happy to lend expertise.  Enjoy!  



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