So this week I’d like to focus on the interiors of the venues. From the ceremony to evening party, unless you are incredibly lucky with our English weather, some or most of the wedding will take place inside a building/structure. As lovely as it is having plenty of well cared for grounds surrounding you, huge terraces and mansion stately homes, you will find that unless you have 800+ guests, you will all be somewhat lost. So it is a golden rule to keep things as close as you can.
The venue is where all the important parts of a wedding will happen, you want to make sure you have a space that you are happy with aesthetically as well as it being within budget and catering to your needs. So that can be a challenge at the start but once you have mastered that and booked the wedding ceremony at the church or with registrars, the rest can start to fit together. The mistake that some people can make, if it isn’t pointed out to them, is space size and proximity to facilities. You don’t necessarily want your guests to have to go up 11 floors to their room to change their shoes, or to the east wing to use the rest rooms, so have an idea of your total guest count and make sure the venue capacity isn’t too much over that.
Timings can also play a big part on keeping the day together and to a nice flow. 2pm is the nicest ceremony time as it allows the day to keep to a nice pace but doesn’t allow too many halts. The secret is that if you have a slightly later ceremony, you will be able to limit the ‘down time’ during coffee. This is usually the part, after the meal, where you may get a case of guests getting bored and feeling sluggish and as if they need to go back to their rooms to have a nap. If you plan to end the meal at 7pm, with coffee followed, your day guests will then, more than likely, be greeted with evening guests around the same time. The evening bunch will bring their own energy- eliminating any feelings of tiredness in your day guests.
After the venue is booked, the items that go inside this are usually the most costly, food, drink, entertainment, decorations … so as you have gone to special effort choosing these items, the idea is that you want the guests to enjoy what you have arranged for them. This is where I come on to my next point of keeping these things together. If all of this takes place in the same area, then that is where your guests will be. If you have the bar in one room, food and band in another, with a large patio with outside furniture, you will effectively give your guests too many options of where to go. They will also miss bits, the guests outside and in the bar area won’t get to the evening food and will surely miss most of the dancing. Your guests inside will also get major FOMO and go outside to be with the others. You will have inadvertently made a day long game of cat and mouse.
There is always an exception, if you are having a bbq style wedding with garden games, bouncy castles and a band then you will want a lovely outside space. This style of wedding can be very successful, I have conducted a number in this style and if the weather is on your side then you will be sure to have a ball. The same rule applies; however, don’t spread your guests out too much. Have some strategically placed plants that keep your outside space small, as once your guests have wandered off… there is no telling when or if you will get them back for the first dance or speeches on time. Have seating outside for half the amounts of guests, not all, keep the rest of the seating under your chosen shelter such as an open marquee or tee-pee. Then if you are using mainly outside space, keep shelter/inside space small. You will have control over the size of this if you are booking an external structure through an event company. I am not saying you want to keep your guests penned in, but when it comes to weddings, the reason you invite the guests is because you’d like them there, so avoid losing people by keeping the spaces you use, intimate.
As usual I have put a collage together of my favourite images to represent the blog. I think what I am trying to stress in this blog is the importance of the area size. If it is too big you will end up having a gappy wedding, if it is too small, it will be uncomfortable. So this really is the one part of the wedding you need to get goldilocks perfect standards on. You can be advised by your venue or an external events company, so never worry about getting this right. Talk your vision over with planners and coordinators and they will be able to assist you in these decisions. Above all, the best tip I can give you is that the best parties are the ones where everyone is relaxed and everyone is together, so keep that in mind.
Happy planning, see you next week
Love Atlanta Haze x