The venue is one of the most important features of the big day. Without the right site, there is no way the wedding will go to plan. Even if everything goes smoothly, you won’t be able to get the surroundings out of your head. It is no surprise, then, that modern couples like to choose one venue to limit the risk. However, some couples are not always down for this arrangement. So, the question is: should you hire one venue or use two? To help you decide, this post is going to detail the pros and cons of both.
Pro Separate: It’s Traditional
A church is the common second option when it comes to the venue. And, this is a no-brainer to a lot of couples. The reason is the tradition. Anytime you watch TV or go to a wedding it seems to take place in a church with lots of people. If tradition is important, having a civil ceremony at a hotel might not have the same wow factor. There is no priest, no music, and no walking down the aisle. Let’s face it, a small room of people isn’t the same experience as a packed out church.
Pro Together: Cheaper
There is no point in pretending that money isn’t a factor because everyone knows weddings aren’t cheap. In fact, a standard one breaks the bank. So, it is no wonder couples look for the most cost-effective ways to make an unbreakable vow. Sure, it isn’t as romantic as money not being a factor, but this is real life. Cutting out the cost of a church is the first way to save money. Contrary to popular belief, the second venue doesn’t come cheap. First, there is the donation as well as paying for the priest’s time. Plus, there is the organist. Most importantly, the more people you invite to the ceremony, you more you have to feed. A wedding venue with a civil service is smaller and less expensive as a result.
Pro Separate: Breaks Up The Day
Your wedding day is a long day for both you and the guests. As such, sitting around talking, drinking and dancing isn’t always easy. Sometimes, you need a break so that you can come back refreshed. Having two venues is a natural day breaker because you have to travel from one place to the other. Once the ceremony finishes at the church, everyone makes their way to the next venue and check-in. Seriously, people appreciate this break more than you imagine.
Pro Together: It’s Easier
Although your guest might like a break, they don’t like the hassle. Getting from the church to the night venue isn’t as simple as it sounds. In truth, it can be a logistical nightmare. Then, there is check-in procedure which never goes quickly or to plan. At least with one venue you can turn up the night before and put out any fires. When it comes to the wedding day, all you have to focus on then is say ‘I do.’
The conclusion: it is your decision and yours alone.