Of all the things our newly engaged clients have agonized over, the one that often crops up is location. Figuring out where to host your big dream wedding is, well, a big decision. Sure, some people have their ideal spot in mind for years — and that’s great. But, for those who don’t, trying to determine your dream locale often feels more like flirting with disaster.
In fact, according to The Knot, where to host your wedding makes the list of Top 10 Wedding Fights Engaged Couples Have (it’s #6). Yikes! Of course, while this is totally unnecessary and absolutely avoidable, the fact is there’s so much to consider, aside from even the aesthetics of a particular space. The number of guests, season in which your wedding date falls, decor, and distance all factor into your wedding ceremony destination ideal.
Understandably, this can cause some stress and, piled on top of everything else you’re thinking about, you might as well have your finger hooked around a grenade pin. In this case, a little outsider perspective might be the mediator required to diffuse the situation and secure the just- right space. Get ready, Goldilocks, I got your back.
As someone who prides herself and her business on providing the ultimate support and service to my clients, I got to thinking… What are some alternative wedding sites worth considering? What options might I suggest to couples struggling to find the perfect spot to start the next chapter of their lives?
Coincidentally, Scott and I were delighted to direct a recent styled shoot at the Merrimack Anheuser Busch Biergarten. Our goal? Showcase all the unique areas the Biergarten area has to offer for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Personally, we love going to off-the-beaten path type spaces, and using our skills to inspire the imagination as to how easily these spaces can be adapted for wedding celebrations.
The Merrimack Biergarten was no exception. Rich with picturesque nooks and details — literally, fertile ground for priceless photos — we captured beauty everywhere. From a lush patch of grass to the tree-lined pathway leading to the iconic Clydesdale stables, to the actual interior of the Biergarten, and the twinkle-lit patio, we found ourselves practically overwhelmed with photo-op possibilities. No wonder that Budweiser proudly claims, “Celebrations Bloom in the Biergarten.” Cheers to that!
And while the Anheuser-Busch company offers plenty to consider in the way of wedding packages, in our experience, we have witnessed weddings beyond compare, thanks to the close collaboration between the host location and the right vendors. Maybe your wedding venue was elusive, but you’ve known since he gave you a bright bouquet of ranunculus on your first date that those blooms would be the featured floral at your wedding. Great! Share some snaps of your chosen space with your florist and work together to imagine the placement of centerpieces. Odds are, your florist and any other vendor you choose in support of your celebration, will find fresh inspiration from your alternative wedding site.
That goes for us, too! We would love to put our creative energy and imagination to work, helping you transform an alternative wedding site into an unexpected, unforgettable venue. In addition to the Biergarten, we have a wealth of other ideas. Keep an eye on the blog and contact us to get the conversation started!
Flowers by: Sorella Flower Company; Decor by Inspiration Rental
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