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One of the latest trends in wedding planning is to host the wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue. There are a lot of advantages to this idea. For example, it saves both time and money. The couple saves time for themselves and their guests because there is no shift between the ceremony and reception locations. This approach saves money because instead of having to decorate two locations, pay for the use of two locations, and the cost of limousine transportation for the bride, groom, and wedding party, they only have to focus on one South Coast event venue. Planning a wedding event at one location can be a great way to keep things simple and allow a couple to focus on the meaning of the day instead of being rushed around from place to place in a frenzy.
Choose a Banquet Hall in Swansea, MA
Once you decide to host your wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue, it’s time to choose a location. It pays to find a South Coast event venue that has experience and space enough to allow for both events to occur at the same time. There are a couple of ways to go about doing this, but again, it will depend on the facility. Venus de Milo has indoor and outdoor ceremony options for couples who are planning a wedding event at the same location. Of course, outdoor ceremonies will depend on the weather and the time of year, but indoor ceremonies will be based on availability. Fortunately, our venue is quite large and can even host large weddings for over 1,500 guests.
Secure the date as soon as possible to ensure that you get the venue that you want. Once you have a deposit down, you can start making all of the other plans. This means coordinating with everyone from the cake baker to the florist, the photographer, and the officiant to sign contracts, firm up responsibilities, and make sure that everyone is on the same page. You can send out “save the date” cards if you are planning a year or more in advance, or just plan on sending out invitations at an appropriate time as it gets closer. Menus can be chosen, staging can begin to be planned, seating charts can be created as soon as guest lists are confirmed, and you can start shopping for your wedding gown and attire for the entire bridal party.
What Type of Reception Do You Want?
The only thing left to decide is what type of wedding ceremony and reception you want to host. There are so many different ways to celebrate a union; there’s no wrong way to do it. Choose the style and theme that best matches who you are as a couple and select the menu and method based on the time of day that you are planning a wedding event. Breakfast and brunch, lunch and dinner, cocktail receptions and dessert bar bashes – the point is to pick the type of celebration for the South Coast event venue that suits your tastes, interests, and budget. There are pros and cons to each, so take time to think about it carefully and then discuss your ideas with the banquet hall in Swansea, MA.
- Breakfast/Brunch Reception – Some people just really prefer breakfast and brunch foods to fancy dinners. Or maybe you always dreamed about an early morning wedding in the bright springtime sunlight? Whatever your reasons you can serve your guests a traditional brunch menu, either plated or buffet-style, along with an offering of mimosas, bloody marys and champagne. An excellent way to cut your budget and provide you with enough time to get on a plane and fly out to your honeymoon destination.
- Lunchtime Reception – A midday celebration is a great way to do a lighter menu than what you might expect at a dinner wedding ceremony and reception. Not as early as a brunch event, but not so late that your guests will be partying too late into the night. Lunchtime celebrations also give you more time to do hair and make-up before the wedding and feel refreshed when greeting guests. While still more budget-friendly than a dinner reception, some couples prefer a nighttime event where they can take advantage of the sunset for photos.
- Cocktail Reception – Another popular choice for planning a wedding event is the cocktail wedding reception. Venus de Milo has an expansive selection of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres that you can serve to your guests, providing them with more opportunities to mingle than they might get in a sit-down, assigned-seat meal. Still more affordable than a grand dinner, some guests might be a bit annoyed that there is not a full meal being served.
- Dinner Reception – The classic wedding ceremony and reception timeline incorporates a formal, plated menu at the banquet hall in Swansea, MA. While there are now more options for couples to choose from at our South Coast event venue, the dinner reception is still the most popular. Choose from plated and served meals or banquet and buffet-style service, depending on your food preferences. Elegant carving stations, pasta and salad bars, dessert tables, and more can all be incorporated to help you enjoy a little bit of everything at your special celebration.
Schedule a Tour
Contact our team at Venus de Milo by calling 508-678-3901 to speak with one of our agents about your ideas for a wedding ceremony and reception or to schedule a tour of our South Coast event venue. We can answer any questions you might have about planning a wedding event at our popular banquet hall in Swansea, MA.