(Closed) How did you decide where to hold your wedding, and what style (formal, theme)?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
450 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Knowing our budget was going to be small, we orginally thought about having our ceremony/reception at home, on our dock over looking the pond. We have 2 1/2 acres, so plenty of room. Of course after working on the guest list, we decided that it was going to be way to much for many to have it here at home as we live 1 1/2 hours from all of our family and most of our friends. The wedding would have to be early afternoon and then most would have to leave early to be home before dark as that is how they roll when having a long drive.

The rest of the guests would have a 15 mile drive to the nearest hotels, which are not low cost by any means; and we thought that may deter others from coming.

Mike’s sister lives in a wonderful place that has a club house which holds 225 guests. This is a 20 minute drive from all of our friends and most family except for the out of towners and it is where our relationship first began at a party in 2008. So it sort of makes sense to have the wedding there.

Now as far as the theme goes… original thought was Butterflies, which stands for a new life. However the more I worked on trying to put it together, the more frustraited I would become. Everyone I talked to thought i should have a butterfly release, which I think is cruel; and it was just getting hard. So after thinking about it for a while, and doing some searches on the internet. This wedding theme is going to be US as in Mike and Myself. Mike and I love camping; he loves fishing, and I love my technology whether it is the phone or the computer or the ipad. SO… the centerpieces will have a technological fishing theme to it, the colors are green/brown/ivory.. think some camo; I will be doing some workups this week for diy projects and see how they work out for me, but I think this is going to come together quite nicely. So far I have picked out the cake topper which the bride is talking on the cell phone and the groom will be fishing off the side of the cake… US because this is exactly what happens. We go fishing, I talk or play on the phone while he fishes.


Post # 4
29 posts

My Fiance and I conveniently grew up and now live in the same area, so we didn’t really have to decide between multiple cities or anything. We were highschool sweethearts and our families’ houses are actually just a mile apart, ha. So that part was easy to decide for us. And for us, the most important aspects of the wedding were 1. We will get married in a Catholic church (since we are both Catholic); 2. We want a pretty and memorable venue for the reception; 3. We want delicious fancy food since we don’t get to eat at 5 star restaurants every day :). So because of the traditional ceremony and desire for fancy food, the formal/elegant feel for our wedding just kind of fell into place. We don’t really have a theme although we are incorporating random things about us into the wedding. For example, our table numbers will have pictures of us from highschool til now, since we’ve been together since then. And we both went to Georgia Tech, and a main mode of transportation around campus are the Tech Trolleys (they look like trolleys but with Tech parafanalia, ha), so we are thinking about renting a Trolley either instead of a limo for us or for our guests to get from ceremony to reception. Oh, and we decided upon our colors just based what would look nice in the reception venue we picked.


And hopefully this can help you decide where to have your wedding…

For a guest list on the smaller side, and if you want just close family and friends there, try a destination wedding.

For weddings in a town you have lived/currently live in, I’d just look up different venues in each town and see which you like the best and which prices work best within your budget.

If you want to be very hands-on with your planning and personally meet all your vendors, you might want to have the wedding in the town you currently live in. 

And traditionally, weddings are held in the bride’s hometown, but that’s pretty irrelevant nowadays.

Hope I helped 🙂

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