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The Friday Fight-Out: One Venue Vs Two Venues

When it comes to planning your wedding one of the big decisions to make is whether you’re going to have your ceremony and reception in the same venue or use separate venues for each. So which is the way to go? Time for our expert debaters to present the arguments!


In the Red Corner, arguing for separate ceremony and reception venues, you can tell she’s not usually the designated driver can’t you! It’s Dom “The Tog Bride”

In the Blue Corner, arguing for keeping everything under one roof, although probably just so he doesn’t have to carry his video gear in and out of another venue, it’s Matt “The Gormless Groom”

One Venue Vs Two Venues


Dom: Having two venues adds a bit of extra excitement to your day and means you can experience two beautiful locations instead of just one.

Matt: Having two venues can add a lot of expense to your day with not only the hire cost of both venues but also potential transportation costs both for yourselves and all of your guests.

Dom: You might have a dream venue for your ceremony that for whatever can’t be used for your reception. By separating the ceremony and reception venues you can still have your dream wedding just the way you want it.

Matt: Having everything take place in the same venue generally gives you more time to just relax and enjoy yourselves rather than having to spend your time travelling between venues or delay proceedings until all of your guests have been able to travel and re-park.

Dom: If you’re looking to have a religious ceremony then there simply may be no option to have your reception in the same venue unless there is a chapel (or relevant religious venue) on site.

Matt: Having two venues requires a lot more coordination and planning whereas with only one venue you can focus all your attention on one venue and just talk to one venue coordinator.

Dom: With only one venue unless there are multiple rooms you normally need quite a lot of turnaround time between the ceremony and reception in order to re-set the room which can cause delays in the wedding breakfast being served and also mean that you need to find ways to entertain your guests whilst the main room is unavailable.

Matt: Depending on the venue you might well be able to hire a single venue for longer to give you the chance to set-up the night before but that’s much more unlikely and difficult with two venues.

Dom: Having two venues might give you more opportunities to get some great photos as there are more location options or even the chance to stop off somewhere as you travel between the two.

Matt: But the need to get from one venue to the other might actually limit the time available for any portrait or group photos whereas if everything’s in one place you go seamlessly from ceremony to reception and can use that extra time for photos.

So those are our thoughts but where do you stand? Leave a comment to have your voice heard or simply place your vote below!

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