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The Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

A couple of months ago, my younger sister got married in a beautiful ceremony at her church. Our father has pastored this rural, evangelical church for the past twenty-nine years. Therefore, this special place to both of us was the obvious right venue to have her wedding at. After the wedding ceremony, my parents hosted a reception in the church’s activity building. My sister even decorated this large building herself. Have you picked a venue for your wedding, but don’t know where to have your reception at? When looking for the right place to have this special event, consider your personality and the personality of your future mate. For instance, if you’re cowboy or a cowgirl, you probably wouldn’t enjoy a wedding reception at an upscale country club in town. On this blog, you will discover the best places to host a wedding reception at.

The Perfect Wedding Reception Venue

5 Ways Your Wedding Venue Should Fit Your Dress

by Virgil Woods

When a bride chooses a wedding dress and a venue, they probably aren't thinking about how these two work together. But your venue and your dress can either complement one another or work against one another. How can you ensure that the first happens at your wedding? Here are a few key considerations.

1. Color Schemes. Most brides wear white or off-white down the aisle. While these colors are neutrals, they can clash with certain other shades. A venue with bright white walls and elements could make that off-white look darker than you expect. Similarly, a venue that comes with shades of your planned accent colors might clash. Take along parts of your wedding outfit to see it in the venue. 

2. Dress Size and Shape. Make sure your dress works well within the venue's size. A large ball gown might overwhelm a smaller venue, for instance. On the other hand, a slim, chic outfit might disappear in a large space. Brides who want a train may also opt to coordinate its size and shape with the aisle and ceremony spot. And certainly, you don't want to navigate a venue in a dress that's too large for comfort. 

3. Flow and Structure. Think about the mood and vibe of the venue. Is it formal and elegant? Casual and rustic? Beachy? Vintage? Modern? Now, what is the mood and vibe of your dress? These should complement each other in style and feel. A beach venue might be perfect for a flowy, loose dress while a formal space works with a more structured and strong silhouette. 

4. Accessories. What details do you love about the venue or your dress? The ability to marry these two wedding elements through small accents will make the wedding look more cohesive and well-planned. Venue details that include silver, for example, blend nicely with a dress accessorized by silver or platinum jewelry, embroidery, and beads. And wood walls and columns will be beautiful when paired with forest greenery in centerpieces. 

5. Practical Needs. Want to follow the recent trend of changing dresses during the day? Make sure your venue provides an appropriate space for this quick change. Does your dress have a long, flowing train, or will it drag on the ground? You might want to skip the outdoor venue and ensure few elevation changes. Can't move very easily? Find a simple venue that's compact but doesn't form an obstacle course once filled with guests. 

Want more tips for ensuring your bridal dress and your venue work as a team? Start by touring quality venues in your area today. As you think of the space in relation to these features of your dress, you're sure to find the perfect space. Contact a wedding planner to learn more about coordinating wedding venues and dresses.