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Perhaps the best way to describe what “staging” means concerning a wedding ceremony and reception is that it is the act of setting up the background and decor for your event. When you look back at your wedding photos and see all of the beautiful decorations that helped to bring it all together, that is staging in action. There are many areas that will require you to stage a wedding in Massachusetts, whether you are hosting a modern celebration or a traditional wedding reception. If you work with a New Bedford wedding planner, they will likely perform these services for you. However, if you are on your own, you can consult with the on-site event coordinator at the wedding venue for tips and guidelines.
What Needs to Be Staged?
Think about every little moment of your wedding, from the backdrop behind you when you say your vows, have your first kiss, toss the bouquet, make the first toast, have your first dance, cut the cake to the moment you walk out the door to start your life together. Scene staging means setting up the area at the venue to have all of the little custom touches that express your wedding theme to guests and create a perfect design filled with props and backgrounds for photo opportunities. Sweetheart tables, wedding party tables, cake tables, entrances, guest books, gift tables, DJ and band areas, dance floors – the list goes on and on.
Start by taking a tour of the venue with your New Bedford wedding planner or the on-site event coordinator. Ask about the best areas within the reception hall for all of the things that you want to do. Bring a list with you so that nothing is overlooked. Many venues will provide a floorplan for you to use as you arrange all of the areas within the overall wedding ceremony and reception in the ballroom or other parts of the property. A traditional wedding reception should have all of the expected elements, including a special chair for the garter removal, a specific spot for tossing the bouquet, and a place for the best man to stand for photos and video while he makes the obligatory toast.
Common Features Used in Staging
The good news is that you don’t need to purchase all of these items and then wonder what to do with them later. There are staging companies that you can use to rent many of these larger pieces for your modern or traditional wedding reception. Sit down and make a list of all the elements you want to include. Browse websites, social media photos, wedding magazines, and decorating books for ideas. Work with your New Bedford wedding planner or consult with friends that have experience with planning a wedding or decorating a home. Chalkboards, lanterns, specialty china, birdcages, books, arches, garland, candelabras, mirrors, bottles, swags, wood slices, table numbers, and many other things can often be rented instead of purchased to help save you time and money.
Speak with the on-site event coordinator at the venue about ideas for how to stage a wedding in Massachusetts. They have many years of experience working with other couples and will often have a list of pre-vetted vendors or even have access to some of the items on your list at their facility. Venus de Milo is a premier wedding venue, and we can provide our couples with a large selection of decorative options to help save time and money. Complimentary amenities are included for our custom wedding packages, including linen napkins and table covers in your choice of in-stock colors, silverware, china, glass, and extra linens, seasonal fresh flower centerpieces, white tapered hurricane lamp candles, cake knives and napkins, envelope bowls, stages, podiums, microphones, and some staging services.
Additional services available at Venus de Milo include: elegant fanned napkins, white glove services, special linen napkins, chair covers, chivari chairs, chair covers with bow accents, lighted trees, round charger plates in silver and gold, aisle runners, white wedding arches, uplighting options, waterfall backdrops, and other room decorations. Also, ask about our indoor and outdoor ceremony opportunities to provide for your wedding ceremony and reception at our venue.
Schedule a Tour
If you are ready to start making plans for your modern or traditional wedding reception in Southeastern Massachusetts, make sure to schedule a tour at the world-famous Venus de Milo. We have over 50 years of experience hosting unforgettable wedding ceremony and reception events for our clients and can host parties of 100 to 1,800 guests in our beautiful ballroom spaces. Located in Swansea, Massachusetts in a beautiful scenic area, we are the largest banquet and conference center in all of Southeastern New England. Give us a call at 508-678-3901 to schedule a tour or to speak with one of our on-site event planners about availability for your special day.