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Location, Location, Location

October 22, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

With fall weddings come the added factor of weather that can be difficult to plan for months in advance.

But strategic decisions and viable backup plans can make any fall wedding shine, no matter the temperature or forecast. Sit down with a wedding planner to fully explore all of your venue options, as the location will drive many of your decorating and scheduling decisions.

You may consider hosting your wedding and reception in the same location to cut down on potentially hazardous travel if your area is susceptible to falltime snow or sleet.


In most locations throughout the United States, the fall season is accompanied by dipping temperatures and chilled

breezes. Don't let this keep you from planning the perfect wedding even outdoors. Many venues feature large

fireplaces or fire pits that will help keep your guests warm while racking up major style points.

Consider a venue that boasts both interior and exterior areas for entertaining, which would allow you the opportunity to offer a terrace cocktail hour and indoor dancing at the same reception.


Weddings on a bigger budget can ditch the cold weather altogether. Tropical destinations are ideal places for beautiful

beachside backdrops and all-inclusive receptions.

With friendly staffs who are well-versed in coordinating such affairs, resorts often are the best choice for weddings. Tropical getaways may not be ideal for many people on your guest list, so consider inviting your closest

family members and friends while still having a smaller ceremony or reception to celebrate back at home.


Historical buildings, zoos or museums are sometimes overlooked options for unique weddings. Most of these venues are often willing to host large events and can feature awe-inspiring backdrops and features.

Your local chamber of commerce is usually a great place to start if you are interested in exploring your options for city locations.

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