Nick and Nicole had the SWEETEST intimate ceremony at Headwaters Conservation Park - Elburn, IL. Over the course of planning their wedding, I have become SUCH good friends with these two. I know we will definitely hang out even after the galleries have been delivered. There's nothing I love more than clients turned friends !
Nick and Nicole had decided to split their wedding day coverage between the ceremony and reception and let me say I am all about it. Not only do I get to see them twice, but they also get the best of both worlds ! A super intimate ceremony and a bigger reception on a later date.
Nicole took her time getting ready with her family the morning of their wedding. She had her hair done by STL Makeup and Artistry and then put on her finishing touches surrounded by family. She purchased her dress from Davids Bridal.
Nick and Nicole decided to split their wedding day coverage and have their wedding ceremony and their wedding reception on two separate dates. Prior to covid, this practice was not as common, but, the more that I am seeing it I am honestly here for it. There are SO many benefits to separating your ceremony from your reception and it’s creating so much freedom for couples as they navigate their wedding.
Why You Might Want to Split your Reception and Ceremony
Thinking about splitting up your wedding day coverage? Here are some reasons why it might be for you.
1. More portraits
One of the more obvious reasons you might want to split up your wedding day is that you have a lot more options for wedding day portraits as well as a lot more time. While you might only get to spend 30 minutes tops with your spouse on a traditional wedding day taking portraits, you could literally spend an hour or two doing your favorite things together and taking some epic portraits after your intimate ceremony.
2. Calm the Nerves
Does the idea of saying your vows and getting married in front of one hundred people make you anxious? With your ceremony and reception split between different days, you can have a more intimate crowd on your ceremony day than you would if you had your ceremony and reception together. It makes for a lot more intimate and grounded experience so you can focus on your soon-to-be spouse !
3. Break Up the Costs
If you’re using the same vendors for both dates, it will also break up some of the costs that go into your wedding day. Payment plans will be more spread out and you will be able to have more time to budget for your reception without having to hold off on the getting married part.
4. You get the best of both worlds
An intimate ceremony and lunch with your closest friends and family, followed by an epic celebration the following year? COUNT ME IN ! It really can’t get better than that. You will be able to get much more quality time with your top-of-the-line people at your intimate ceremony and then you’ll be able to relax and party at your reception with your favorite people one year later if you split the two.
Are you are on the fence about an intimate wedding day or a larger wedding day? Splitting your coverage could be the answer you were looking for ! If this sounds like it's up your alley and you're looking for a photographer fill out my contact form here and let's get to work !