Many brides and grooms are choosing to have their wedding ceremony at the same location as their reception. While in the past, on-site ceremonies were popular with inter-faith couples, today we see more and more couples electing to have the ceremony on-site because it is more convenient and less stressful.
The advantages of a single location wedding begin early in the planning process. As many couples find out, it can be difficult coordinating dates and timing when dealing with separate ceremony and reception locations. One location may have the date you want available, while the other may not. Timing can also be difficult to work out, especially, when you are trying to avoid leaving too much time between the ceremony and the reception or you are trying to make sure there is enough time in between to get from one locale to the other.
For couples looking for flexibility, an on-site ceremony is a viable option
because the venue usually has no religious affiliation and therefore, there are no religious requirements that stand in the way. Moreover, clergy and officiants who perform on-site ceremonies are usually less stringent and allow the couple more latitude in selecting what is to be included in the ceremony.
The advantages do not end with planning. Imagine how relaxed your wedding day can be when your ceremony, pictures and reception are all handled at one location. Avoiding the hassle of gathering up your wedding party and wasting time traveling from location to location will allow you to spend more time enjoying each part of your wedding day.
Guests will certainly appreciate one destination as well. Driving to multiple locations can be confusing and stressful, especially for out of town guests who may not
be familiar with the area. With one destination, they will not have to worry about getting lost while making their way from the ceremony to the reception or be concerned with either filling a large gap in time between the ceremony and reception, or not having enough time in between to get from one location to another, leaving them feeling rushed to get to the reception on time. Guests will have a more enjoyable experience knowing that once they arrive at the ceremony they do not need to get back on the road. An added bonus is that you can arrange a block of rooms at a nearby hotel for out-of-town guests and provide shuttle service to and from the venue.
Another consideration is that there may be cost savings when the ceremony and reception are at the same location. Many times florists can decorate the ceremony area and then move the arrangements to the ballroom. You can also save on transportation costs because you can arrange a drop-off and pick-up from the limousine company which is less costly then booking a limousine for an extended block of time. Additionally, the dues and ceremony fees associated with places of worship are sometimes higher than the fee for an on-site ceremony.
Here at Majestic Gardens we have two outdoor ceremony gardens and an indoor chapel. The award-winning Secret Garden is a lush traditional gardens, features a Victorian gazebo covered with climbing roses and a butterfly garden.
The Secret Garden
If you like a more Mediterranean inspired setting, our fountain with its cascading waterfalls is the perfect backdrop for your outdoor ceremony. We also have a back-up indoor chapel for cooler months or inclement weather.
Each year, we find the number of on-site ceremonies increasing and even if you are not planning for an on-site ceremony, it is always reassuring to know that option is available should you run into any roadblocks in the planning process.