Ceremony, reception venues combine customization and convenience

When it comes to planning a wedding, there are a lot of choices to make — like what is your color scheme, theme or even bigger ones such as where are you holding your ceremony and reception

A new trend in wedding planning combines customization with convenance as more soon-to-be newlyweds are looking into venues that can hold both the ceremony and reception at the same place.

Choosing the venue of your dreams isn’t easy but there are a few things you need to take into consideration first such as budget, time of year and whether you are looking for it to be inside or outdoors that can accommodate guest count.

When picking the venue “it has to be about their day — what is perfect for them (the couple),” said Lisa Walker, co-owner with her husband of By the Barn. “It’s their day so it needs to be somewhere that is a magical setting for her and her husband.”

Consider the season first when picking a wedding date to have in mind what the elements will be like and whether you are looking for it to be indoors or outdoors, and if outdoors, having a backup plan, said Julie Packer, wedding and event coordinator at the Genetti Hotel.

“Make sure you tour the facility based on your package price and budget,” Packer added. You need to have a “balance of what you want and what you can afford.”

At the Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St., a dream wedding awaits as it brings history, class and ease to the forefront of planning. The hotel offers two venues — a Grand Ballroom from 1922 and the Garden Terrace.

At By the Barn, Outdoor Wedding Venue, 351 Duck Run Road, Mill Hall, brides can have a picturesque wedding outside at a 200-year-old historic farm house. Though, brides and grooms should look and take into consideration the weather as it could rain, but By the Barn does offer a tent rental if the couple wishes, Walker said. “Be prepared for weather change,” especially when outside

At both the Genetti Hotel and By the Barn, soon-to-be newlyweds are able to have their ceremony and reception on site, Packer said.

“It’s a popular trend right now because brides can keep everything in one place and people don’t have to move around,” Packer said. And, if a ceremony or reception is being planned at the Genetti, “it is also a hotel, so the Genetti can help take care of guests overnight.”

Straying away from paging through magazines for ideas, brides seem to be planning their weddings through personalization and there is much more personality coming through, Walker said.

“It’s less of ‘this is what I have to do’ and ‘this is what I want to do,’ “ Walker said. “They have a canvas — they can create their own storybook wedding, they can bring in a more chic, rustic or a contemporary feel — and they are creating their own fairy tale wedding.”

When picking a color theme, Walker recommends to stay with one neutral, such as taupe or navy, and base the other colors around the season for a timeless and classic look. Another classic yet neutral color to consider is gold, Packer added.

A year-round color combo that brings a romantic flair to a venue is gold and pink, Packer said. But, if thinking seasonally, a beautiful color combination to feel like you are in a winter wonderland is white and silver with greenery and twinkling lights glistening across the metallics.

In spring and summer, popular color schemes include pinks and purples, Packer added. Flowers are able to be purchased more locally and can bring in a lot of added color to the space. Whereas in fall, an eggplant color seems to be timeless and classic.

Not sure how to decorate your space? Try using what you already have and take a look around your house, Walker said. For example, By the Barn turned an old vanity into a cake table and a wagon into an appetizer table. Others have used window panes or picture frames for their menus and place settings.

Before going to decorate the space, though, do as much as you can beforehand and get help from friends and family, Walker said.

Many venues speak for themselves as there are specific details that make the space unique. For some spaces, such as the Genetti, all that may be needed, depending on the couple’s vision for the day-of, may be center pieces, chair covers and sashes, Packer said.

When it comes to planning, “just try to relax and enjoy that moment,” Walker said. “Make sure it is what you want and not everyone else’s ideas.”

“Brides want to feel like a princess, many brides do,” Packer said. “They want it to feel like it is their dream day that they’ve had since they were a child.”


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