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Fall River Weddings: Intimate Ceremonies and Big Receptions

Fall River Weddings: Intimate Ceremonies and Big Receptions

Fall River Weddings Intimate Ceremony Large ReceptionWhen it comes to planning a wedding, things can get complicated before you know it. Figuring out what you want – and what you don’t – can be a challenge. While you might have a slight idea of the theme, colors, or things that you want to incorporate into your special day, there are still lots of big decisions that must be made. Choosing a South Coast event venue is an important first step. Once you tour the banquet facility that you want to use for your wedding reception, everything else will start to fall into place.

However, depending on the budget and number of guests that you want to invite, you might need to make some adjustments. On the other hand, there are some couples who want an intimate ceremony before celebrating with all of their family and friends at the South Coast reception hall. It is important to weigh your options and choose the solution that works best for you. It helps to make some of the big decisions right off the bat, which can allow the smaller, more detailed choices to be easier.

Reasons to Have a Small Ceremony

Each couple will have their own feelings about who they want to share their special day. The ceremony is about you, your soon-to-be spouse, and the life that you want to live together. Making your vows in a private service is a great way to keep the focus on what matters most. Consider who you would want to be there to serve as witnesses when you say your vows to each other. Parents, siblings, best friends – the guest list for the ceremony can be as big or small as you want. Keeping the circle small helps this part of your day to be more personal. This is where you make your commitment to each other so it should be something special.

This arrangement can be helpful to a couple that has a large group of family and friends. While you want everyone there to celebrate along with you, it isn’t always practical to have everyone there for the whole wedding. Make sure to explain your plans to people ahead of time that might not understand why the two portions of your wedding will be separated. Consider hosting the ceremony at the same venue but in a different area. This will help you to be close when guests start arriving for the Swansea wedding reception. Ideally, have the ceremony, the wedding photos, and the reception all at the same South Coast reception hall for simplicity.

Choosing a Theme

The fun part about having a private ceremony is that you can have a more traditional theme for the vows, but add a modern twist to the reception at the banquet facility. Many Fall River couples are choosing to have contemporary wedding receptions that feature a theme that reflects their interests and style. We have seen a wide range of themes for wedding celebrations, including movie-based themes, destination-wedding style parties, and interest-based decorations. Incorporate your love for a favorite sci-fi movie into your wedding party or decorate the South Coast event venue to look like the island vacation you’ll be taking on your honeymoon. There are no rules when it comes to wedding themes.

Selecting a theme can help with the planning for your Swansea wedding reception. Whether you work with a Fall River wedding planner or take care of the plans for your special day on your own, a theme can help to keep things focused. A theme helps to pinpoint things like colors, decorations, wedding cake designs, centerpieces, music, and wedding party attire. You can even invite your guests to get in on the theme. Since the ceremony and reception are separate, your guests don’t have to dress up in suits and formalwear. You can include attire information in your invitation and have guests dress accordingly.

What Do You Want to Include?

It is important to stop and think about what you want to include with your wedding reception. Since you are writing the rules yourself, you can pick and choose which traditions you want to adhere to, and which ones you don’t. If you don’t like the idea of tossing a bouquet, having a garter removed in front of your grandparents, or happen not to like cake, you can make your own plans. You can forgo all of the wedding celebrations that you dislike and create some new memories for everyone to enjoy. Serve ice cream, cheesecake, or have a candy display instead of wedding cake. Hire a popular local band to play your wedding instead of doing the “chicken dance” and all of those silly wedding songs.

In fact, you don’t even have to wear the traditional wedding dress, have a wedding party, or do anything you don’t want to do. This is your special day. Sit down and discuss your ideas with your soon-to-be spouse and figure out what’s “in” and what’s “out” for your Swansea wedding reception. Communicate your thoughts to the on-site event coordinator at the South Coast event venue and make choices based on your preferences and not what others might expect. Many couples in the Greater Fall River area are making unique decisions and plans for their wedding.

Take a Tour of Venus de Milo

If you are looking for the perfect banquet facility to host your wedding reception in the Southeastern Massachusetts or Rhode Island area, consider the world-famous Venus de Milo. Our South Coast event venue has space for you and all your guests. We provide services for on-site wedding ceremonies and receptions, along with other special occasions and events. Our team can help you make choices to celebrate your wedding in your way. Give us a call at 508-678-3901 to schedule a tour or to speak with one of our event planners.

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