Photo: Kate Holstein
When selecting a ceremony site there are many things that may come to mind: What capacity does the chapel or location hold? Are flowers allowed? Can you bring in your own officiant? But, there are many other questions you should be asking that you'd never think of. From a rice toss to a runner down the aisle, here's a gentle reminder to also ask the following questions.
Scouting a ceremony site requires a lot more preparation than one would imagine. First, you should ask your venue and officiant if any other weddings are happening the same day as yours. If the answer is yes, this may affect décor setup, the use of any facilities particularly dressing rooms, and the arrival of your guests. Make sure to sort out all of the shared space game plan way head of time to avoid stress and last-minute scrambling on your big day.
Another issue that may arise is the need for a traffic officer. This depends on the time of day and the location of your ceremony but be sure to ask someone from your space, but if it's advised that you do have a traffic officer, call your local police station ahead of time. You will also need to clear with the police department that there's plenty of space for the wedding party to arrive at the venue.
If you wish to have an aisle carpet, clear it with your church or chapel ahead of time — there may be an added on fee for laying it out. You will of course also need to figure out dimensions and how many hands will be needed on deck to lay it out. Also, if you're planning on tossing rose petals or rice, double check that the festive custom is actually allowed. Many churches forbid any tossing, so you'll have to come up with a plan B.