7 Things You Need in a Wedding Venue
Everything you need to know to have a stunning, stress-free wedding from the first look to the last dance and beyond.
The right wedding venue can give you the magical day you deserve - if it has everything you need to be perfect.
Your once-in-a-lifetime wedding should be a series of memorable moments that will last a lifetime. But many details can interrupt your special day if they’re not managed at the highest level.
Choosing the best wedding and event venue can make all the difference in creating the experience you deserve. That’s why today we’re sharing seven things that the best weddings have that you might not know you needed.
1. A fairytale-worthy place to get ready
You might be wondering how your wedding venue needs to include something before the ceremony. But it should. The days leading up to your wedding are filled with fittings, parties, details, and decisions that can cause so much stress, some couples can hardly enjoy their big day.
Consider choosing a wedding venue with onsite accommodations for you and your bridal party. Have spa treatments and champagne with the bridal party as you celebrate your last night of single life, and then wake up to spend time preparing for your wedding with the people who will stand beside you.
We think that the time before your wedding is so important that we built The Mimosa, the perfect bridal house for our Twin Creeks brides and bridal parties. Brides love the stunningly decorated five-bedroom, six-bathroom home with lake views, beautiful grounds, and - wait for it - a bridal suite with six vanity stations for your bridal party to get ready in. Relax with a mimosa of your own while stylists come to prepare you for showtime.
2. All-inclusive and customizable wedding packages
It can be stressful, time-consuming, and expensive to source all your own vendors and venues for your wedding. A venue that offers a ceremony site, a reception, catering, and all the other essentials can help you maximize your time, so you don’t have to worry about all the contracts and details - or the budget.
For example, Twin Creeks Events offer customizable packages that can include everything from engagement photos all the way through your post-wedding weekend activities. Talk with a Twin Creeks event coordinator about your event needs today for a custom proposal.
3. A unique ceremony setting
You want a ceremony site for your wedding that is as extraordinary as you are. Love the lake? Consider saying “I do” at a lakeside chapel such as Firefly Pointe at Twin Creeks. Want a ceremony steeped in southern hospitality? Why not get married at the base of a centuries-old grand magnolia tree such as The Canopy at Twin Creeks?
And don’t forget about a backup plan! A rainy wedding day can make for some of the most magical photos, but you definitely want a backup venue available without having to pay for a tent or alternative site. The Honeysuckle, Twin Creeks’ open-air covered reception space can be quickly reset to provide a gorgeous lakeside ceremony backdrop if the need arises. No matter what style of wedding you’re hoping to achieve, be sure that it’s both beautiful and functional for you and your guests.
4. Picture perfect photo opportunities
Everyone wants the perfect photographs taken to capture the best day of their life so far, so be on the hunt for a venue that will offer you incredible photo opportunities. Gorgeous Tims Ford Lake, hidden paths, a wooded bridge crossing a babbling creek all lend unique beauty to a Middle Tennessee wedding.
Pro tip: if you have already selected your photographer, it’s a good idea for them to become familiar with your event venue at different times of the day. This will ensure they’ll have lighting and locations in mind so they can whisk you and your new spouse away for a first look before the ceremony or a candlelit dance during the reception.
5. A smooth transition between the ceremony and reception
It can be tricky to commute between a wedding ceremony and reception, so consider booking a venue that provides a beautiful and comfortable space for both. This will allow you more time for family or couples’ pictures without having to sacrifice time celebrating with your guests. And if you stay onsite like many of our Twin Creeks brides, you can even freshen up or change before the reception if desired.
6. Someone to manage the details
As we mentioned, there are a LOT of details that go into making a wedding appear flawless. You need someone to help you plan, set up, and direct a magical day. Not only that, but they also must be able to quickly and expertly handle any issues that arise. You might have a friend who’s good at organizing and “bossing,” but wouldn’t you rather have her there celebrating with you than spending the time working?
A great wedding venue will have a team of professionals who can handle all the details before and during your event. Professionals help make sure everything happens when and how you choose. You get the seamlessly magical day you deserve, and your guests get to focus on sharing in your joy and enjoying themselves as you wed.
7. Ways to maximize your time with the people you love
Your wedding will go by fast, and it can be challenging to see and spend time with all of the friends and family who attend. Consider a venue that offers you a way to keep your party going with onsite accommodations and activities for guests attending the wedding.
For example, Twin Creeks’ couples often rent or recommend that family and close friends rent lake houses, villas, or space at the RV resort at Twin Creeks so they can be close by for the festivities. Boat and kayak rentals, nearby hiking trails, a community pool, an onsite restaurant with live music every weekend can turn your wedding into a terrific weekend of celebration before you head off for time with your new spouse.
There’s so much to do that you can spend as much (or as little) time with your friends as you like, while everyone still has a great time making their own memories at the lake.
Choosing a wedding venue can be one of the most important decisions you can make when planning your wedding. Let us show you how Twin Creeks Events can give you the unforgettable day that you’ve been dreaming about.