One of the first issues couples need to address when they start wedding planning is where to hold their receptions. Wedding venues get booked up months if not years in advance, so deciding on the type and size of venue you would like should be top of your priority list.
If you can’t decide between different types of receptions, wedding venue trends that are currently in fashion include:
Rustic inspired receptions
Whether you choose to hold your wedding in your own backyard, in a local farmer’s field or at the beach; natural venues and country inspired elements are big news in fashionable wedding receptions. Wedding styles for rustic events tend to be more casual, with loosely arranged flowers, unstructured bridal gowns, and a simple marquee to keep off the rain. Festival chic plays a big role in rustic weddings this year, with couples setting up campsites for more adventurous guests, hiring multiple live bands, and having food served from catering vans.
As many couples become more aware of their wedding budget, DIY elements are creeping into modern receptions. Wedding packages have been the easy option for many years, and have allowed couples to relax and let the venue take care of all the reception details. However, many brides are now looking for a venue where they can simply pay the hire costs and arrange the catering, flowers, cake, and entertainment themselves.
The past few years have seen a steady increase in the number of destination receptions. Wedding celebrations were traditionally held in the bride’s home town, but as friends and family become more scattered, many couples are choosing to hold their wedding in a location that they love, no matter how far from home it may be. Whether you choose an intimate reception for ten on a Thai island, or a lavish reception for a hundred on the Gold Coast, destination weddings are a fashionable choice.
All in one receptions
Civil ceremonies are now far more common than religious weddings and this makes it easier to use single locations for combined ceremonies and receptions. Wedding days that featured different locations for the ceremony, the wedding breakfast, and the evening reception are losing popularity, and many couples look for the convenience of a venue that can provide accommodation as well as catering for every part of their wedding day.
Any married couple will tell you that the wedding day passes in a blur, and often their one regret is the lack of time they had with each individual guest. Having a smaller, more intimate reception is one way to ensure that you do have the chance to mingle, and guest lists of under a hundred are becoming more common than large scale lavish receptions. Small wedding venues such as wineries, golf clubs, restaurants, and boutique hotels are ideal for these scale receptions, as you can have exclusive use of the venue without the huge price tag.