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Steal these vineyard wedding ideas and add even more charm and romance to your winery reception!

Protea and greenery vineyard wedding decor ideas. Vineyard wedding ideas.

Protea and greenery vineyard wedding decor ideas.

If you are traveling to Wine Country or to a local winery for your wedding, check out these vineyard wedding ideas. Get inspired by this romantic wedding theme to wine and dine with your framily in style. To be surrounded by natural beauty and lush vines as you get hitched is nothing short of incredible.

Consider a vineyard wedding come summer or fall. That’s when the vines are filled with grapes. Green in the summer and burnt orange and reds in the fall. Which one is your favorite?

And as you and your partner plan to raise your glasses to a prosperous union, read on to get creative vineyard wedding ideas.

Vineyard Wedding Color Ideas

Unless your heart is set on it, forget the traditional reddish marsala hue. Fill your color palette with blue (deep or green blue), yellow and navy to bring in that fresh romantic and intimate feel.

Unexpected wedding color combos like chartreuse, powder blue and cornflower blue can be intertwined will bring out that fabulous vineyard wedding style. Add some old-world charm by introducing a mixture of burgundy, purple, and orange. Be creative but don’t overdo it. As anything in life, a little goes a long way.

Winery wedding! Just a signature away from this being a reality! Photo: Loic Nicolas Photography LLC

Winery wedding! Just a signature away from this being a reality! Photo: Loic Nicolas Photography LLC

Corks are always handy at wineries.

Corks are always handy at wineries.

Personalized labels with the bride and grooms name. Add them to your favors!

Personalized labels with the bride and grooms name. Add them to your favors! (Etsy)

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Winery Wedding Decoration Ideas

The lush green or autumnal beauty of a vineyard is natural decor itself and a magnificent background for photo sessions. Get inspired by these simple vineyard wedding decoration ideas and feel free to steal some of them!

Build an aisle with wine barrels decorated with blue hydrangeas on top. Even create a wine barrel altar for that vineyard “outdoorsy” ceremony setting.

Vintage vineyard wedding ideas.

Vintage vineyard wedding ideas.

A wine and cheese barrel makes for an original vineyard wedding idea.

A wine and cheese barrel makes for an original vineyard wedding idea.

Burgundy, purple, and orange vineyard wedding decor. Photography: Jen And Chris Creed.

Burgundy, purple, and orange vineyard wedding decor. Photography: Jen And Chris Creed.




When it comes down to centerpieces, we know you’ll fall in love with these vineyard wedding ideas. DIY candleholders out of wine bottles and add a long tapered candle. Amazing, amiright? Of course, a candlelit vineyard wedding with gold details is a recipe for perfection. Alternatively, go for a centerpiece bursting with figs, flowers, berries, and purple grapes for chic beauty. Beware, your guests might want to take a bite out of them!

Consider making a grapevine reception canopy—a natural tent for guests to swirl and sip beneath.

What is a winery wedding without a wine tasting? Show off your inner-oenologist and give your guests a special wine tasting treat. With every course during dinner, impress them even more by pairing each meal with a different wine.

Absolutely stunning fall vineyard wedding.

Absolutely stunning fall vineyard wedding.

Napa winery wedding with old world charm. Photography: Sally Pinera.

Napa winery wedding with old world charm. Photography: Sally Pinera.

Vineyard wedding color ideas: lavender and chartreuse.

Vineyard wedding color ideas: lavender and chartreuse.

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Vineyard weddings lend themselves to a world of possibilities. Boho chic, soft colored palettes and neutrals all the way to the formal and stunning black and white look. Remind your guests to bring a wrap or blazer as it does get chilly in the evenings.

Ladies, avoid high heels. You don’t want to get stuck on the grass as you dance or walk around. If you insist on having some height, pick a pair of shows with block heels or some cute wedges.

For a glamorous and sophisticated vibe, include berry-hued florals to your bridal bouquet.

A dusty blue wedding dress will contrast against the green of the vineyard. Photo: Blush Wedding Photography.

A dusty blue wedding dress will contrast against the green of the vineyard. Photo: Blush Wedding Photography.

Adorable pink blush crown for the bride's hairdo.

Adorable pink blush crown for the bride’s hairdo.

Gorgeous bridal gown against the summer vineyard background.

Gorgeous bridal gown against the summer vineyard background.

Vineyard Wedding Ideas Photo Gallery that will Sweep you off your Feet

Vineyard Wedding Locations

Vineyard weddings are often destination ones. Wine Country, Napa Valley and Sonoma County are some of the most famous vineyard wedding locations in the USA. But Virginia and North Carolina with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background are not any less breathtaking. We are certain that there is a winery or distillery nearby you haven’t discovered yet.

Show off your inner-oenologist and give your guests a special wine tasting treat.

Show off your inner-oenologist and give your guests a special wine tasting treat.

Hamilton Oaks Winery at San Juan Capistrano. Photo: Sposto Photography.

Hamilton Oaks Winery at San Juan Capistrano. Photo: Sposto Photography.

If you want to host a vineyard wedding abroad, France, Spain, and Italy are top European wine producers and their vineyards will most definitely impress you. While Argentina and Chile pull their weight on this side of the continent. These countries boast of massive, rustic, and romantic vineyard acreages that hold year-round wedding programs.

Go ahead! Steal these vineyard wedding ideas and fulfill your winery wedding dream! And now check out these 19 Irresistible and Original Wedding ideas (And How To Make Them Happen)

Greenery and roses aisle decor.

Greenery and roses aisle decor.

Wine cellar wedding reception.

Wine cellar wedding reception.

Vineyard wedding ring shot. Photography: Kristen Gardner Photo.

Vineyard wedding ring shot. Photography: Kristen Gardner Photo.

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Feel free to get creative when getting married for the second time. Read these second marriage etiquette tips and get inspired by some fantastic ideas!

An unforgettable scenery for your winter wedding.

An unforgettable scenery for your winter wedding.

Gone are the days when the second marriage is seen as a social stigma. Today, whether you want an elaborate shindig or an intimate second wedding, the choice is completely yours.

Second Marriage Wedding Etiquette: To Follow or Not To Follow?

Let’s take a look at a few rules you may want to follow when celebrating your second (or third, or fourth) nuptials. Because, truth be told, you can write your very own second marriage wedding etiquette book and never be wrong. Well, maybe with a few exceptions.

Here are two rules you will want to truly consider:

  1. If either of you have children, let them know they are of major importance in the new union. No matter their age, give them a role they’d be happy to play in the course of events. Always be sensitive to the child’s feelings and try to cater to them as much as possible. And never, ever, leave them out of the equation.
  2. Should you invite your ex and his family? Tread carefully on this one. You may be on the best of terms with your ex, their friends and family, but your second marriage is a fresh start. Trust me, you don’t need the awkwardness.
Trendy alternative bridal looks for second nuptials. How much more fun can you have?

Trendy alternative bridal looks for second nuptials. How much more fun can you have?

Escort cards and favors all-in-one for a travel-inspired second wedding.

Escort cards and favors all-in-one for a travel-inspired second wedding. Get it at Beau-Coup!

And now, a few second marriage wedding etiquette tips to follow (or not!)

1Should I still announce the wedding?

If you don’t know the difference between wedding announcements and wedding invitations, the announcements are sent out after the wedding to let people know you got married. Not too many couples follow this tradition but if you do, you can announce your second wedding like you did the first.

2Wording your invitations: What name should I use?

Second marriages come with a bit of unease when wording the invitation. Friends and colleagues may know you by your ex-spouse’s first name. A golden rule is to use the name you’re comfortable with. And if you are worried people might get confused, indicate for clarity on the invite. Or just give them a call.

Prioritize your children like Emily Maynard did at her surprise wedding.

Prioritize your children like Emily Maynard did at her surprise wedding.

Brunch weddings have the best of cakes.

Brunch weddings have the best of cakes.

Rock a black and white wedding dress for your second marriage wedding.

Rock a black and white wedding dress for your second marriage wedding.

3Bridal etiquette: Say yes to the white wedding gown

Wear what you desire when getting married for the second time. Pick that gorgeous blush gown, or go for a traditional white bridal look. Short, long, princess-cut or ball gown and even a pair of strikingly white bridal pants. Take something that flatters your figure—whatever color. Note that dinner rehearsals are really not necessary. You can even do away with the garter and bouquet tossing!

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4Giving away the bride at a second marriage ceremony

Let your imagination run wild. Nowadays, it can be anyone or no one. Your (child) children, mother, grandparents, or even your best friend may do just fine. Furthermore, you can even have your two most favorite people walk you down the aisle.

Getting married for the second time: How does an intimate destination wedding in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, sound?

Getting married for the second time: How does an intimate destination wedding in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico, sound?

Stunning wedding pantsuit by Krikor Jabotian. An original idea when getting married for the second time. You can definitely use this again for any occasion.

Stunning wedding pantsuit by Krikor Jabotian. An original idea when getting married for the second time. You can definitely use this again for any occasion.

5Wedding registry etiquette

You might not want gifts (not many second marriages do), but you still need to register to give guidance to guests who want to give. You may opt for an online wedding registry or a honeymoon fund! In both cases, you get the cash! Not a bad idea, right?

Amazing peonies bridal bouquet for this Santa Barbara wedding at Villa Sevillano. Photographer: Jose Villa.

Amazing peonies bridal bouquet for this Santa Barbara wedding at Villa Sevillano. Photographer: Jose Villa.

Don't ask people to donate... ask them to join in or help out. Appeal to their emotions and not their wallets.

Don’t ask people to donate… ask them to join in or help out. Appeal to their emotions and not their wallets.

Adventurous couples may want to stamp mountains at their wedding!

Adventurous couples may want to stamp mountains at their wedding! Personalize yours at this Etsy store.

Alternative Wedding Ideas For A Second Marriage

If there is one thing we know, is that couples feel really free to do what their like and enjoy when getting married for the second time. That’s why we rounded up some fantastic alternative wedding ideas for a second marriage celebration. Let your imagination take hold and remember to make it memorable!

Shake things up! Brunch weddings are all the rage and perfect for after a small and intimate civil ceremony. Or ask your favorite coffee place if you can host a pop up wedding (no more than 8 people, please) at their space with no music and no need for decorations. Definitely a less casual setup that is fun for everybody. Cut the cake first. Or even welcome the guests at the entrance.

Surprise your guests. Make it yours. It’s your second marriage—a second chance to show off your unique style. However, make your dreams budget-friendly and realistic. For example, rent a beach house for a weekend and celebrate with your closest friends. A truly unforgettable experience.

Colorado is a spectacular place to get married for the second time. This lodge at Beaver Creek makes you wish it was winter now.

Colorado is a spectacular place to get married for the second time. This lodge at Beaver Creek makes you wish it was winter now.

Delicious omelette station for a wedding brunch reception. Photographer: Brian Samuels Photography.

Delicious omelette station for a wedding brunch reception. Photographer: Brian Samuels Photography.

Forget the same old catering this second time around and go for a more contemporary style.

Forget the same old catering this second time around and go for a more contemporary style.

Destination Weddings: Celebration and Honeymoon All in One

Consider getting wed at an intimate or unique destination location. The beach, a snowy mountain resort, or your mutual favorite place in the world. By hosting a destination wedding, you can add a new tone and a memorable setting to your second nuptials.

Plan an entirely different second wedding from the first, and add a fresh start to your union. Put in that unconventional flavor and have fun. Adventure-seeking couples may get married by a sherpa at the foot of the Himalayas. Wouldn’t that be cool?

Surprise your guests with a beach wedding. Perfect for South Florida couples.

Surprise your guests with a beach wedding. Perfect for South Florida couples.

Indulge in an olive bar. If it's in Tuscany even better.

Indulge in an olive bar. If it’s in Tuscany even better.

Ever dreamt of getting married in Paris? Now's your chance! Second marriage wedding ideas.

Ever dreamt of getting married in Paris? Now’s your chance! Second marriage wedding ideas.

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Why Getting Married for the Second Time is Much Better Than The First

Getting married for the second time is one of the boldest steps you can take in your life. But the truth is, a lot wiser, caring, trusting you is available for the taking. Of course, things do get bet better the second time around.

Life at 40 looks much different than life at 20. You can use that first-hand experience to build a stronger and more realistic relationship. You know what you want, you are older and more experienced and you know marriage is not all roses. You can own your wrongs and you are better prepared to build a loving, new and wonderful life together.

Remember that marriage is a choice and, if you decide to give it another go, be all in. But of course, have fun in the process!!! Keep in touch! Follow us on Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram for more ideas on how to celebrate a second marriage or a first! 🙂

Take your wedding to Napa Valley, like this Calistoga wedding, and dine al fresco with your guests. It will be an unforgettable soirée. Photographer: Matt Edge Wedding Photography.

Take your wedding to Napa Valley, like this Calistoga wedding, and dine al fresco with your guests. It will be an unforgettable soirée. Photographer: Matt Edge Wedding Photography.

Elope in front of the Eiffel Tower in the city of lights. Four Seasons in Paris, named one of the best rooftop wedding venues in the world.

Elope in front of the Eiffel Tower in the city of lights. Four Seasons in Paris, named one of the best rooftop wedding venues in the world.

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About to choose a wedding venue? Stop and read these wedding planning tips to help you land the venue that fits your budget, style and all of your guests!

Florida wedding venue. Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach.

Florida wedding venue. Ancient Spanish Monastery in North Miami Beach.

The wedding venue may often set the tone for the rest of your wedding. No pressure, right? Allow us to help you by breaking down the process of choosing a wedding venue. Find out what to consider before touring the locations. What questions to ask get the information you need to land the reception space of your dreams. 🙂

How to Choose a Wedding Venue: It’s Definition Time!

If you are about to choose a wedding venue you will be overwhelmed by the number of banquet halls, spaces, outdoor locations and more that will pop up on Google. Let’s bring it down a notch. Stop the searching, grab a calendar, pen and paper and follow the yellow-brick road. 😉

Before starting to look for the ideal venue you must define four things: the date, your wedding style, the number of guests, and your budget.

First of all, pick a date. You will need to check if the place you picked is available on that date before even considering touring the venue. So, the date will definitely will be one of your filters. If budget is a concern, keep in mind that prices are more affordable from Sunday to Thursday and higher on Friday and Saturday as well as during peak wedding season. If you’re not getting married on-site, check in dates with your church or City Hall first before booking the reception venue. Date: Check!



Intimate weddings are very much on trend. Organic and intimate destination wedding in Italy.

Intimate weddings are very much on trend. Organic and intimate destination wedding in Italy.

Next, the wedding style. The wedding venue you pick will help you define and frame your wedding theme. If you are looking for a summery vibe to your reception, consider a country, garden, or beach wedding.

Modern couples can look into lofts, warehouses, art galleries. Check out these modern industrial raw spaces if you live in New York! Remember that when you engage a raw space, the rentals do not come included in the package. Consider all the extras in the price for a more fair comparison between wedding venues.

Non-traditional couples may look for unique and eclectic event spaces, such as zoos, public libraries, museums, and even old train stations. These spaces in Los Angeles will give you an idea to start with. (but do not make a decision yet!)

Intimate weddings are very much on trend. You can go as small as your own backyard (so cool!) or as fancy as renting a vacation home and make it a weekend celebration. Who knows? It may end up being more affordable that a traditional reception venue. Talk about an unforgettable experience! At the end of this article, we’ve added a wedding venue size calculator, just in case you want to host the shindig at home. 😉

Plan an unforgettable wedding! Find out how to choose a wedding venue step by step. Wedding photographer: Lauren Conrad Photography.

Plan an unforgettable wedding! Find out how to choose a wedding venue step by step. Wedding photographer: Lauren Conrad Photography.

Now, let’s estimate the guest count. It is highly recommended that you build a preliminary count which you can adjust later. Reception venues will ask you for this number in order to give you a quote. You will also use the guest count to perform your preliminary research. Be mindful of the fact that there are always last minute additions and that just because a venue tells you it can fit 150 people, it does not mean you have to cram them all up.

Finally, the budget! How much can you afford to spend on the wedding venue? We highly recommend sticking to this budget or you will have to do away with those coveted ice sculptures, your dream wedding gown, or the open bar you so badly wanted for your guests. 🙁

Make sure there will be space for your chain link Chuppah! Huron Substation, Los Angeles, CA. Wedding photographer: Jen Huang Photography.

Make sure there will be space for your chain link Chuppah! Huron Substation, Los Angeles, CA. Wedding photographer: Jen Huang Photography.

Imagine your reception at a place like the Patio del barrio de Santa Cruz, Sevilla.

Imagine your reception at a place like the Patio del barrio de Santa Cruz, Sevilla.

How to Choose a Wedding Venue: Perform a Preliminary Online Search

Yes! Let’s bring Google back! The first step is collecting all of the information available to you about the potential wedding venues. Try not to overwhelm yourself with too many event spaces. Start with a few reception places and go from there. Stay organized by building a spreadsheet, it will help you figure out who you’d like to visit in person. Remember, you still have a few more steps to go.

Try to find the following information from each venue’s website: Name of the venue, address, website, phone number & other contact information, capacity, pricing Information, and why you liked it.

It is likely that not all of this information will be available on the website; and you may need to call or email the venue to get everything you need. At least by collecting all of this information you can compare them side by side.

Marquee monogram for the dessert table at a backyard wedding venue.

Marquee monogram for the dessert table at a backyard wedding venue.

Burlap and tulle window covers with rosettes. Done with coral and ivory flowers. An easy and cheap idea to help cover windows if the reception space is too bright.

Burlap and tulle window covers with rosettes. Done with coral and ivory flowers. An easy and cheap idea to help cover windows if the reception space is too bright.




How to Choose a Wedding Venue: Prepare for Touring the Wedding Venues

Now, let’s boil down your list to a manageable size. Email or call the prospective spaces and find out if they are available on your date. If so, coordinate an in-person visit, preferably when it’s set up for a wedding. It will give you a better idea of the space available.

Ask them if you’ll have exclusive use of the venue on that day. Every banquet hall or wedding venue differs in the amount of privacy provided. Some offer separate bathrooms and dressing rooms, some share the parking space area. If you are getting married in a public space, you’d better make your piece with strangers stopping by and giving you their good wishes.

Ask as many questions as possible beforehand so you can concentrate on visualizing your wedding and checking those details you have to verify in person.

The Gavioli Chapel in Eureka Springs is a unique ceremony choice for couples looking for an impressive setting for their wedding. Chapel in the Woods, Arkansas. Wedding Venue.

The Gavioli Chapel in Eureka Springs is a unique ceremony choice for couples looking for an impressive setting for their wedding. Chapel in the Woods, Arkansas. Wedding Venue.

With this small checklist you are ready to go and choose a wedding venue that is perfect for you! Huron SubStation, Los Angeles, CA.

With this small checklist you are ready to go and choose a wedding venue that is perfect for you! Huron SubStation, Los Angeles, CA.

Questions to Ask a Wedding Venue When Visiting (or Before!)

So you have an appointment with a venue on-site coordinator. You want to make sure this time is well-spent, so what should you ask? Start by making sure you can fill in all the blanks of the spreadsheet you created. Here are a few more questions that will help you choose a wedding venue that fits your requirements.

Layout and Accommodations Questions

  • Is there a bridal-changing area?
  • How much parking is available? Is valet parking an option? If the parking is limited, is there nearby parking available? Ensure it is easy for the guests to arrive comfortably to your wedding. They will thank you for it.
  • Is the venue handicap accessible? Make sure everyone feels welcomed.
  • How many bathrooms are available and what is their capacity?
  • Make sure that there is space for all the activities and details that you have planned for your wedding: the guestbook signing, the dinner, the cocktails, the dessert table and the cake, the dance floor, the band, the photo booth and a few lounging areas!
  • If your guests will travel to your wedding you need to offer them lodging. Find out if the wedding venue has at least a couple of hotels nearby with available rooms. Your guests will really appreciate if you offer them a third and cheaper option.
Grace Loves Lace are renowned for creating effortlessly unique, luxurious designs for the modern bride. Designed & handmade in Australia.

Grace Loves Lace are renowned for creating effortlessly unique, luxurious designs for the modern bride. Designed & handmade in Australia.

Wedding Planning Questions

  • What time can vendors arrive to start setting up and then dismantling the wedding decor?
  • What are the wedding decor restrictions? Are there any guidelines, restrictions or policies on using real candles? Is it a raw space? If not, what table and chair styles do they provide? Do you need a special permit for your wedding arch?
  • What refrigeration is available? (This is important if you are using live flowers or cake with frosting that could melt)
  • Is the venue licensed for providing or servicing alcohol? Is there hirable bar staff? What is the rate for the staff, service, and drink?
  • Are there any noise ordinances you need to respect? If the venue does not allow for music after 10pm and you plan to continue the party until the wee hours of the morning, that’s not a good fit. Unless you plan on an after-party somewhere else.
  • Is there a contingency plan provided by the fabulous vineyard in case it rains? An indoor space or a tent?
  • If you would like to host a romantic wedding, a daytime wedding or a cocktail at sunset, check that the place can provide you with the lighting you want and need.
  • How far is it from the church? Or is there a space to celebrate the religious ceremony?
Wedding planning advice. Allow for space for the waiters to serve your guests. Love this tablescape shot! The pops of color are terrific. Wedding photographer: Jen Huang Photography

Allow for space for the waiters to serve your guests. Love this tablescape shot! The pops of color are terrific. Wedding photographer: Jen Huang Photography.

How to choose a wedding venue step by step. Chapel in the Woods, The Woodlands, TX wedding venue. Wedding photographer: Sara Answorth photography.

How to choose a wedding venue step by step. Chapel in the Woods, The Woodlands, TX wedding venue. Wedding photographer: Sara Answorth photography.

Pricing Questions

  • Are there discounts available for booking off-season or on Sunday through Friday?
  • What are the terms of the deposit? Is it refundable and when is it due?
  • What is the cancellation policy?
  • Are rentals (tables, chairs, linens, table clothes, or glassware) included in the price? If so, which ones?
  • Make sure when you are looking for potential venues that you clearly understand what’s included and what isn’t. Examples of this are catering and wedding menus, beverages, and centerpieces.
  • Are there any vendor restrictions? If the venue offers catering in-house, find out if you can do a tasting before the wedding.
  • Does the venue have liability insurance?

Don’t book the first venue you see, even if you fall in love with it. Choose at least three or four wedding venues that fit your budget and wedding style and ask for quotes. Be prepared to take notes and lots of photos!

Ask for the wedding venue quotes. Make sure you get as much information as possible to choose a wedding venue that you will be happy with. It’s your day, after all!

Succulents and white roses adorn this chic boho wedding in California. Their quaint, yet ultra stylish venue at Seven4One offered the perfect one-of-a-kind circular ceremony space for their intimate nuptials.

Succulents and white roses adorn this chic boho wedding in California. Their quaint, yet ultra stylish venue at Seven4One offered the perfect one-of-a-kind circular ceremony space for their intimate nuptials.

Remember to add the wedding venue address to your invitations. Elegant and luxurious white laser cut pocket wedding invitations.

Remember to add the wedding venue address to your invitations. Elegant and luxurious white laser cut pocket wedding invitations. (BYWWS026)

Wedding Venue Size Calculator

All venues will help you find out how many guests can fit in a banquet hall or reception venue for different seating plans. But, if you are holding your wedding affair at home, in a garden or at another outdoor venue, it is useful to know how to calculate how many guests can be accommodated in a given space. You do not want your guests feeling cramped at your wedding.

Measure the length and the width of the area in feet. Multiply the two numbers together to get the area in square feet. If the space is uneven, you need to break it up into squares, rectangles or triangles, calculate the area for each and then add them up.

Now divide this number by 2 as you may safely estimate that 50% of the area will be used for aisles, staging, waiters, dance floor, catering stations, and other. The remaining area will accommodate your guests.

Non-traditional couples may look for unique and eclectic event spaces such as this one. Wedding photography: Colin Cowie Weddings.

Non-traditional couples may look for unique and eclectic event spaces such as this one. Wedding photography: Colin Cowie Weddings.

Wedding ceremony decor for raw spaces. 40 tissue paper poms.

Wedding ceremony decor for raw spaces. 40 tissue paper poms.

Use the following guidelines to calculate capacity:

* For every round banquet table that seats 10 people, calculate 30 square feet.
* Calculate 3 square feet per person for a stand-up reception.

However, each room or space is different. You need to take into account the shape, locations of doors, fire exits, columns; buffet dinner or seated dinner set up, and so on. As a rule of thumb, 1,000 square feet is adequate for 80 wedding guests at a sit-down wedding. For each ten additional guests, add an additional 200 square feet of space.

With this small checklist you are ready to go and choose a wedding venue that is perfect for you. Just one last piece of advice, once you have set your reception hall budget don’t go see places that far exceed it. And now, let’s read about wedding reception seating!

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Wedding planning advice: How to choose your wedding venue.

Wedding planning advice: How to choose your wedding venue.

A chandelier makes all the difference at this intimate affair.

A chandelier makes all the difference at this intimate affair.

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