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Gorgeous natural landscapes, Cherokee Rose flowers budding across hillsides and live oaks drinking water from nearby ponds and lakes – these are marvelous Southern backdrops. It’s no wonder you’re planning a Southern wedding. If you’re in the early stages of your wedding preparations, there’s good news. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of places where you could get married in the South. The challenging news is that, due to simple fact that there are a host of venues offering full service weddings, you could find it tough to choose the venue that’s perfect for you.
Selecting a venue is one of the biggest choices you’ll make as you prepare for your wedding unless you plan on doing all the behind-the-scenes work on your wedding singlehandedly. In the February 27, 2013 “Wedding Blogs, If You’re Not Reading, You’re Missing Out” Huffington Post article, it’s reported that, “While planning your wedding, one of your biggest decisions will be whom to hire whether you’re getting married in your hometown or planning a destination wedding from afar.”
Whether you want a traditional or modern Southern wedding, you could add a unique style to your special day if you familiarize yourself with standard wedding customs. For example, it’s not uncommon for brides to have a bridal shower at a friend’s house or at a local church. In fact, down South, some church goers will pick up the entire costs (and roll up their sleeves and put in the labor) on bridal showers and bridal luncheons for their members.
However, you don’t have to be from the South or a churchgoer to enjoy these amenities. In fact, if you ink a deal with the right wedding venue, you could have a bridal shower and luncheon built into your wedding package. Other Southern traditions you may want to look for at venues that plan full service weddings include:
The benefit of selecting a venue that offers full service weddings is that it could keep you from having to create menu cards, invitations, find a photographer, florist, caterer or band to perform at your wedding and reception. The best full service packages also include traditional Southern food dishes (i.e. baked or barbeque chicken, hush puppies, fried green tomatoes) and indoor and outdoor event setups, meaning you won’t have to bother setting out chairs or putting up decorations.
Regardless of the package you select, this cannot be said enough. Make sure you read through package contracts thoroughly. Also, make sure that you can make changes to your package within a certain time period without having to pay extra money. And, of course, venue event planners should be proactive and regularly reach out to you, keeping you apprised of the status of your wedding.
You could get firsthand tips and reviews about specific Southern venues that offer full service weddings while reading wedding blogs. For example, some wedding blogs showcase pictures from newlyweds. Other blogs highlight venue overviews, reviews and feedback submitted by recently married couples. Keep up with this type of information and you could find the best full service weddings venues by location (i.e. state, city) and price.
Rhonda Campbell guest wrote this article about wedding ceremonies. She has years of experience offering advice relating to weddings.
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