(Closed) Hotel and Church

posted 5 years ago in Venue
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

venue will def matter.. but also check hotels that offer shuttles..this way the guests wont have to worry about driving..a lot of hotels even shuttle to and from other hotels- an they offer a competitive discount. shuttles are also great for the late night and those that plan to drink

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I would always book the hotel close to the reception as they have to go to the reception anyway, so they could go back to the hotel first.

Plus it’s easier at the end of the night to get back. I’ve always found if works our best that way!

And you should be ok booking a year out 🙂

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

Find your church first. It can be difficult to schedule a wedding in a church where you, FI, or immediate family are not members (I’m guessing that’s the case since you said “a church” rather than “our” church, “the” church, etc.). You definitely want to work out your arrangements with the church first and fill in other decisions around that, since the church will also affect what time of day, how long of a gap you’ll have, maybe even how formal things will be as far as choosing your gown, flowers, etc. You can make “proximity to hotels” one of your criteria in looking for a church, but I would definitely lock in the church arrangements first and only then look at setting up hotel blocks, making reception arrangements, etc.

PS – many churches appreciate it, incidentally, when you take this approach. If you come in saying “We would like to get married here, these are the possible dates we are thinking of, what would work with your calendar?” it generally goes over much better than, “We are getting married on Date X and we want to schedule our wedding here at Y time. Can you fit us in?”

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@lambs379:  If you have any ways of “pulling strings” to get into a church, now might be the time to use them! Is it a Catholic church? If your priest knows the priest of a church in the area and could contact him, write a letter on your behalf, etc. that could be helpful. If you have an aunt, a cousin, whatever, who is a parishioner there and could talk to the priest on your behalf, that could be helpful. Good luck!

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