Choosing a Wedding and Reception Venue

Choosing a venue for your wedding and reception is not only an important decision, but it should be done as quickly as possible.  Most venues can only accept one wedding per day or evening, and most weddings take place on Fridays and Saturdays.  Holiday weekends may not be acceptable for some venues.  Add to that the considerations of weather and time of year, if that is important to you, and the choice narrows down considerably.

Your first task should be to determine the number of guests you intend to invite, ruling out those which you must invite but you know won’t attend (i.e, your 90 year old aunt who lives in France).  The guest count will be crucial to pricing information not just for your venue, but for many of the other wedding service vendors you will be meeting with.

Next, you must decide what time of the year you would like your wedding to take place.  You may have always dreamed of an outdoor ceremony, however, if the location you choose for your ceremony and reception has no provisions for cold, hot or inclement weather, this may greatly affect the outcome of your dream-come-true wedding.  If you choose to have your outdoor wedding in the heat of the summer or chill of winter, you must be willing to accept the temperatures that come along with these times of the year, unless your venue has alternative provisions for those circumstances.

The Caldwell House in Abbeville, Louisiana offers you various choices for the location of your wedding and reception:

East Garden Ceremony Site,

under the shade of the trees,

for small intimate weddings

or larger weddings up to 200 guests;

Inside ceremony

at the base of the stairs

for small intimate weddings

of up to 50 guests;

West Garden Pavilion

for small weddings or larger weddings

of up to 200 guests, which offers protection from inclement weather.

(Photo by Moore Photography)

The most important factor to consider is what type of atmosphere you want for your wedding ceremony and reception.  Once you make that decision, you can narrow down the field for your venue and choose the one that’s right for you.

The Caldwell House
105 E. Vermilion Street
Abbeville, LA  70510

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