(Closed) Ceremony Planning advice needed

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
46672 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


Novembeebride: Questions, the answers to which may help make decisions.

What is the average temperature at the end of November where you live?

How far away from the reception hall is the Lake

What is the terrain like (will it be firm and dry or boggy?)

What are the tables like?

What will you have in place for a backup plan for the ceremony of it is too cold or wet?

It really is good etiquette to provide seating for the ceremony. If you don’t have the budget to rent chairs, do you have alternatives that you could borrow- benches? hay bales ?split logs?

If it’s not patently obvious for guests to find the ceremony location, you will need an insert with directions and/or signs at the venue.

Very few rustic venues have table tops that are in good enough condition to go without tablecloths. You can often  buy and re-sell them less expensively than renting but it also takes time to iron all the linens, wash them and iron them again for sale after the wedding. Other alternatives would be runners down the center of the table and placemats for the guests. That would allow more of the wood to show.

Post # 5
46672 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Novembeebride:  No need to stress about it. You’ve got the venue booked and that is the important part.

You can let budget determine if you have the extra funds to rent seating to have the ceremony at the lake. If you do, great. If you don’t, it”s no big deal. The guests’ focus will be on the two of you not the location. You can always go there with the bridal party and your photographer for some pics after the ceremony , while your guests are enjoying refreshments. A win/ win for you and your FI- he gets the ceremony at the recpetion venue and you get pics at the lake.

I guess you will have to decide soon as you will need to include an insert with your invitations. Are you having a website? You can add the driving information there.

Do a search here on WeddingBee for any reviews of QuickCandles linens. I know some Bees have purchased their candles from them.  Their prices seem reasonable.

Other sites for linens include:





All of these are .com   If I include too many links WeddingBee automatically send my response to spam folder.

You could also try http://www.adhuntr.com for linens being resold by another bride.

You can filter the results geographically.

Here is a search for rectangular tablecloths:



Post # 6
5892 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Novembeebride:  End of November, after Thanksgiving, in Virginia, outside–no, no, no. Yes occasionally it might hit 70, but not very often. Mostly it’s going to be 40’s-50’s, if you get lucky low 60’s. If you want it outside, you will have to rent heat lamps. (does the rustic lodge have heating?)

If I was a guest and I had to sit outside for 30 mins in 40-50 degrees, I would not be happy. 

Post # 7
7357 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you want to do th ceremony outside, then chairs are a must. November in Virginia could go either way but you won’t know the weather till it’s probably too late to cancel the chairs. I’d probably invest the chair rental money into decor for the lodge instead and have it all in one place, because if it’s too cold out, you’re still paying for the chairs and getting no use from them. I don’t mind spending money but I hate wasting it.

maybe plan for the indoor ceremony then you and the groom can do a short photo session at the lake.

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