14 tips from a wedding coordinator

Wedding coordination tips

- Consider finding a venue where you can host both the ceremony and the reception in the same location

- Look for a venue that has multiple rooms and levels available for use on your wedding day (bridal suite, gentlemen's lounge, etc.)

- While looking at venues, ask out catering options and preferred vendors

- If you're looking to customize or theme your wedding, look for a venue to has a blank canvas

- While searching for a venue, ask what the sales manager or in-house coordinator will serve as on your wedding day (full service or partial help)

Current wedding trends

- Cakes as guest table centerpieces and individual cakes pre-set at guest table settings

- A ‘sweetheart' table for the bride and groom instead of a main head table with the full wedding party

- Lounge seating for the cocktail hour

- Utilizing a venue with multiple levels and rooms (two levels, bridal suite, gentlemen's lounge)

- Fun with food: themed cocktails, dessert spreads and specialty food items

Taking your wedding venue to the next level

- Offer valet parking

- Bring details full circle with your wedding coordinator and catering staff (example: flowers in the bouquets are featured in the dessert display)

- Use custom A/V lighting, spotlight lighting and monogram lighting

- Utilize the ceiling as a creative space for additional and unique décor

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