Post # 1
Help Wedding Bees. I am getting married in Florence, Italy next April. I have two wedding planner (top notch) who are bidding for my business. One planner has a ‘in the city center’ vision with a gorgeous church and a beautiful palazzo reception venue. The other planner has a ‘Florentine hills’ vision with simple (in a good way) church and a dream villa reception venue.
My question ladies, in 25 years, what do you think you would remember the most – the ceremony or the reception?
Thx in advance for your opinions. Chris
Post # 3
Its hard to say. For me, both mattered. BUT I dont even remember our ceremony except for seeing my groom. I chose a GORGEOUS ceremony venue and while it looks wonderful in pictures I really cant remember much of the ceremony and I definitely dont remember looking around me at the beautiful scenery during it! Also, you will have more pictures from the reception and inside the reception space so it might be better to go with that! I would just try to find a gorgeous place to take pictures and thats what really matters!
Post # 4
I don’t think you’re going end up with anything ugly in Florence for what it’s worth 😉 They don’t have the same kind of “banquet hall” type venues like we do, but also a simple church there would far outweigh our concept of a beautiful church here! LOL! To me, the second one sounds amazing in the Hills. My friend got married in a castle in the Tuscan countryside, we didn’t go but the photos looked gorgeous! The palazzos in Florence are really beautiful, but are often busy with tourists in the evening, so I’d keep that in mind. Do you know what palazzo the planner was proposing?
Post # 5
I voted reception, I mean I’m sure the church is not some back alley way, and you will be so focused on your groom and the moment that I just don’t think it would matter AS MUCH. Besides, you spend much longer at the reception.
My opinion is probably as such because I already know what church BF and I will be married in (the one he and is family have been part of for a very long time, and his mother serves there) and I don’t really care for it. Well it’s not terrible, but might not entirely be what I would pick. Either way, to me the part I think I would remember most (venue wise) is the reception. I’ll be too nervous/excited/in love to notice much of the ceremony venue.
I agree with @PitBulLover: about the photo location!
Post # 6
I’m in the minority (at least so far), but I say the ceremony. After a couple of years, my memories of other peoples’ weddings fade and my main memory isn’t the dinner and dancing, but the picture of them with hands clasped as they said their vows. I think here though, it’s a matter of what’s the most important to you and what you want to remember!
Post # 7
Our view was you spend 1/2 hour in the ceremony site, but 5-6 hours in the reception site, so felt that was more ‘important’. 🙂
Post # 8
@Miss Scarlet: i was thinking the exact same thing!
Post # 9
I think they are equally important. Obviously the ceremony and vows are the most important part of the day and those are some of the pictures that (in the long run) I think most people cherish most. Also, I disagree that most pictures are at the reception location. Both DH and I and all of our friends who have married recently, have WAY more pictures at the church location than the reception location.
But on the other hand, you spend more time in the reception location so you certainly want it to be nice too. You’d want to ensure you have plenty of space for all guests, food, dancing, etc.
Post # 10
Thx, WB’s. Here are pix from ‘in the city centre’ planner. It’s such a hard decision. The church is Santi Michele & Gaetano. The reception would be at Palazzo Budini Gattai. We would have exclusive use of the other rooms also.
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Post # 11
The city centre plan looks gorgeous!!
Post # 12
Here’s the ‘Florentine hills,’ San Martino a Mariano and Villa Maiano. Again, we would have exclusive use of the other rooms also.
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Post # 13
While the hills are also beautiful, I’d personally vote for the city centre!
You should make a separate thread with both sets of pictures and create a poll for it!
Post # 14
For me both are equally important, even though the ceremony is much shorter than a reception, it is the actualy wedding itself and is sentimental and meaningful. the reception is “just” the after party but is also important to me because thats when you get to really celebrate the awesome ceremony you just had..
Post # 15
To me most definitely the church. While, the reception is important and fun, that’s not what the day should be about. (We are having a Catholic/Episcopal ceremony) I am shocked at how many people picked that the reception is more important than the church. Of course you want a memorable evening’s event. But in the end it’s about holy matrimony and the blessing of a marriage. It’s about making a promise to each other and God about spending your lives together.
Post # 16
That church would be a dream to get married in (and I’m not even Christian). I vote for the city center option.