One of your first and most important decisions regarding your wedding will be where the days events will be held. This is so important that some high in demand venues are booked two years in advance. Many factors affect your decision on where to host your event. Budget, seating capacity, accommodations, decor are all things to consider. But before one can consider these, the big decision will be, should you hold it at an all inclusive venue or break it up between different locations?
For many, their respective religion or faith will dictate where they hold certain events. However, for many others they will struggle with this decision. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your decisions. As you read this keep in mind this is from a videographer’s perspective.
Almost everything that you book on wedding day is based/priced on hours of service. The venue itself, photographer, videographer, DJ, band, photo booth, etc. So if you choose an all inclusive venue, normally they have time limits or charge a premium for additional hours. Many of them book more than one wedding on the same day. However, with this option you may also save money with all the other vendors as you save on travel time and overall coverage time. Travel time is very important to keep in mind. Even if locations are close, it takes quite some time to move hundreds of people from one place to the other.
As a videographer, one of the best things that come from multiple locations are the different looks and feels from each venue. If prep is at a hotel, the ceremony at a church, creative shots at a park or field, and the reception at another venue, it can really inspire the creative pros to compose in many different ways and have different settings to arrange shots. However, some all inclusive venues are very large and have many different locations around the premises to achieve the same feel.
The flow of the day is much smoother when held at one location. However, smoother does not always mean better for everyone and everything. Wait! Smoother is not better? Let me explain. Naturally, with everything in one location is runs more efficiently and timely. However, with a good plan and an attentive team, a multiple location wedding can be almost as efficient as a one location one. It will of course be fragmented and you may possibly lose some guest in the process, but it could save you money and give you the photos and video you want. Just make sure you have a tight but flexible itinerary and that your bridal party is informed and aware of everything the creative pros will need.
There are many more reasons to choose one or the other. However, just keep your needs a priority and you wants a close second and I’m positive you will find the situation for your special day!
Hope this helps! Now go find that perfect venue!