There are many decisions couples make when choosing a venue, some of the choices included with this are whether to have an open house or reception, who to invite, the cost of the venue or have a free reception at a church building.
“The type of reception that is right for you depends on your budget, location and accessibility for guests, formality of the ceremony and the time of day, size of the guest list, (and) personal preference. LDS couples often struggle with finding the ideal reception location, as Mormon families are sometimes large and scattered all over the country (or the world),” according to www.weddinglds.com, a wedding planning service for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Couples have to decide if they want a free venue or if they are willing to pay for one.
“For me, I would rather have a free venue, but it doesn’t have to be a church building,” said Kathryn Oakes, a sophomore studying exercise physiology. “I live in California, so a reception at a beach would be cool or in my backyard. Those places are easier to decorate than a church building and cost the same.”
There are many options to consider when choosing a venue for a wedding: the number of guests and the theme as well as the possible weather or climate.
In the end it all comes down to what the couple wants and the amount of money that they are willing to spend.
“Weddings in church buildings can sometimes be a bit tacky. I understand the appeal because it’s cheap, but it’s really hard to make a cultural hall look like anything other than a cultural hall,” said Chelsea Perdue, a sophomore studying business.