So you have your wedding ceremony & reception venue set, but have you thought about where you’ll be having your wedding preps done for your big day?
Your preps venue is the environment that will set you up on your big day. It’s a place where you must feel relaxed. And it’s where you can have your emotions & preparations a few hours before you say ‘I do’ captured & documented. It’s an essential element to this special milestone in your life as you experience and cherish it on the day itself and when you look back on it through memories & photos.
As you choose your wedding preps venue, take time to consider these 4 important details:
1. Accessibility To The Ceremony Venue
You’re lucky if you can have your preps, ceremony & reception venue in one location, usually hotels or resorts. But that is not always the case. If otherwise, be sure to check on how far, how accessible & the potential traffic situation you might encounter from your preps to your ceremony venue — the shorter the ride, the better.
Granted that you are the star of the show, your ceremony venue still has a schedule that it needs to follow.
2. Sufficient Window Light
In deciding whether to have your preps at home or whether you choose a hotel/resort venue for your preps, do check your room options. Does it have a big enough window that will allow window light to come in? Also, make sure that no building or walls are obstructing the light from coming in your room windows.
You’d want your preps area to have a bright and refreshing environment. This will help your photographers and videographers to get better photos & videos to document your preps activities.
3. Biggest Room For The Bride
As families and suppliers will be going in & out of both the bride & groom’s rooms — photographers, videographers, coordinators – it’s the bride’s area that will house the hair & make-up artist with their set ups and would normally be the drop off point of other details such as the bouquets and ceremony accessories. Not to mention how the bride’s gown would normally need more space to be on standby & for photo ops prior to her putting it on.
If the preps venue will be in a hotel, it’s important that the bride gets a suite so there’s a separate room for the bride to get ready, a kitchen & living room area for the family, suppliers & other paraphernalia.
Now, if somehow, you are not able to get a big enough space, that’s where your choice of suppliers comes in. Just inform them beforehand of this challenge and being professionals, they should be able to be flexible and adjust despite the limited space. This could be a test of their resourcefulness, but they can handle it.
4. Accessibility Between Bride & Groom’s Rooms
Lastly, whether your preps will be at a hotel, resort or each other’s homes, do mind that the prep areas of the bride & groom are easily accessible to each other. It’s easy to work around the tradition of keeping the bride & groom from seeing each other before the wedding even if their rooms are next to each other. But it would be a world of difference in making the coordination & documentation of the preps easier as well.
Don’t leave your preps venue as an afterthought and take note of these 4 essential things to consider for making the most of the preps time and ensure a stress-free day for you and your soon-to-be spouse.