As a newly engaged couple, the first items on the wedding planning ‘To Do List’ are to set a date and location, location, location! Many brides-to-be have had the answer to the question of location for their ceremony and reception since they were little girls. Be it a country club, church, banquet hall or beautiful garden your surroundings set the tone for your wedding.
My suggestion in selecting your venues is to think out of the proverbial banquet room box. Utilize your geographical location! Why did you select Chicago, Oak Brook or Lake Geneva? For instance, did you and your fiance meet in the city? Did you grow up in Oak Brook? Did your families vacation in Lake Geneva when you were a child? Pick a place that has meaning.
If there isn't such a special location, pick an area that has physical beauty (think pictures) and everything you're looking for in a venue. Don't be afraid to be picky! It's your big day! Do it right!
Once you have a location secure, think about your surroundings and the best way to utilize them to give guests an amazing experience. If you have planned your reception at a beautiful ballroom consider taking your guests on a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres cruise prior to the full reception.
Transportation for you and your guests is an easy way capture the feel of the destination. Consider a trolley ride through your town’s historic square on the way to the reception or book a water limo for the wedding party. These are also great for pictures!
Incorporating the personality and feel of your location does not mean that you have to have your entire wedding out on the Lake or atop The Hancock Building. Just pick something that's meaningful to you, that you and your friends will enjoy on your big day. Always pick what you think will make you happiest.
Thank you so much to Clare of Lake Geneva Cruise Line for her amazing advice on picking the perfect location for your wedding! Learn more about wedding and event cruises, water limos and other Lake Geneva Cuise Line services at cruiselakegeneva.com