Privacy and being free from public attention
Privacy varies widely from place to place, as does the importance couples place on it. If you’re having a daytime event in a public location, such as a park or botanical garden, be prepared for strangers to come over to your party. They may even smile, wave, and come by to offer their best wishes. If this is okay with you (the more the merrier!), why not go for the part? If not, opt for a lovely lawn on a private estate, with a nice lake nearby. Or hold the reception at a restaurant or gallery that will post a “CLOSED FOR PRIVATE PARTY” sign.
In addition, don’t think that just because you’re indoors you’re safe from uninvited guests! Banquet halls and hotels often hold more than one affair at a time. If there’ll be other events going on simultaneously in rooms close to yours, your party may be distracted by the harmonious sounds of karaoke-loving guests singing their hearts out the sounds of Madonna through the walls. If this bothers you, try to schedule your reception when there won’t be another one next door.
IF this is impossible, visit the site on a dual-party night and see how the sound carries and whether there really are any major people problems before you make your decision.
Setting up the Light at the reception.
Light can make or break the mood. If you’re marrying during the day, make sure your halls have plenty of windows. Who wants to spend six hours in a dark room when the sun is shining? If it’s an evening affair, make sure the room’s not too dim – or that the lighting can be controlled for the big entrance, dinner and dancing. If you’re marrying outdoors, say, at dusk, will you be able to set up candles if necessary? Try to visit the site at the same time of day that you’ve chosen for your wedding. Even if the space looks awesome by candlelight, you may be surprised by the sight of that 25 year old carpet during the day!
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