Save Money for Seasons' Reasons
Do you want a garden wedding in the spring? A seaport wedding during the summer? Does the season matter? Peak wedding season is between April and October. (Most popular are June, July August, September) Off-season weddings will save you money and are often easier to plan. Weddings during a holiday can become costly. Hotels could be full and out-of-town guests might not have a place to stay. Guest might appreciate a wedding on a long weekend; but many might have other obligations to family during November / December. P.S. Many a bridal party have been late getting to the ceremony or reception due to large events in the area. i.e.: Festivals, Air Shows, Parades. Check for other events in the area so you don't collide with traffic jams.
Receiving Line....To Have or Not to Have?
A receiving line of old, usually happened after the ceremony but before the reception. Bride, Groom and wedding party would make a line and all the guests would go down the line to congratulate the bride, groom and bridal party. Some brides and grooms would worry about the line taking up too much time. If you have a receiving line after the ceremony, check with your officiant, there could be restrictions where the line could form. Many of today's weddings opt not to have a receiving line but to use the time after dinner to walk around and great family and guests. Since the bride and groom are the first to receive dinner, they are the first finished. Going around the room to each table is more informal and relaxed way to talk with guests. Take your photographer with you to capture each table with you and the groom. (Guests have more to say when there is not a line of people waiting behind them.)
We Have News! The Engagement
The guidelines of when, how, an to whom the engagement news is spread have to do with people's feelings. When sharing your engagement plans, certain family members and close friends should hear the news first. Always let thoughtfulness be your guide.