An important part of your wedding day that I think can go overlooked is flow. We think about the dress and florals and the venue, photographer , caterer, etc.. All super important but if you don’t think about the flow of the day then things can feel more stressed than they need to. When I talk about the flow of your wedding day I’m referring to schedule and timeline and how you move from point a to point b in a way that feels organic. And not all venues are created equal when it comes to creating a space that meets your flow-needs. And if you really really love the aesthetics of a venue but can’t quite envision how the day will flow then that’s when a planner is gold. Sometimes venues have on site planners who will know all the ins-and-outs of their venue, which is a huge bonus.
I’m all about flow on the wedding day. Keeping a flow that is seamless and natural and doesn’t feel forced. To do this I visit the site prior to the wedding to meet the couple and discuss the day and check out the lay of the land. I want to consider what the couple wants for the day (first look, time of ceremony, how many family photos, favorite things about the venue, etc..) and then combine that with the venue’s layout and what sort of light we are working with on the day.
Some venues present more challenges than others but the Inn at Kenmore Hall is not one of them. The flow here is (for lack of a better word to describe it) dreamy. Moving from getting ready in the Inn , out the back door straight down the aisle where your fiancé waits for you and your guests gaze out over the mountains. It is SO good. But this venue offers a variety of options to make the day work for you. Another key thing to look for is options. Does the venue offer more than one way to do things? If not then you better really love and connect with that one way they flow the wedding day.
The Inn at Kenmore Hall is one of the coziest, classiest places in the Berkshires to get married. The owners have done a magazine-shoot-worthy renovation on the home. A few times during the wedding I found myself gawking at all the interior design and details and had to snap myself back to photographing. If you’ve ever seen the app Houzz then you can fully understand and appreciate the level of design in this home. If you’ve never experienced that app then I highly recommend downloading it immediately!
This particular wedding was catered by Mezze (one of the top 3 catering companies in the Berkshires, in my opinion). They not only put out tasty food but it’s beautiful too and they keep sh*& organized. When considering flow of your day then you definitely want Mezze by your side. Their team of expert staff keep things moving all while creating a calm and sophisticated atmosphere for you and your guests.
Tips for Creating Great Wedding Day Flow
- Hire a wedding coordinator
- Communication is key. Not just between you and each of your vendors but creating an email chain between all your vendors goes a very long way. When all your wedding professionals are talking to each other then the day is going to go a lot more smoothly.
- Do a site visit with your vendors so they know where and what will happen on your wedding day
- Create a schedule of the entire day
- Work with your photographer to create a photo schedule of the day. Make sure they do a family photo list ahead of time so they know how much time you need.
- If you are getting married outdoors make sure you have a backup rain plan ahead of time.
- Hire seasoned professionals. Wedding professionals who have years and multiple weddings under their belts have the ability to think on their feet.They can pivot where pivot is needed. And what really makes a great wedding professional is those who navigate any wedding day mishaps without you ever even knowing.
Photographer: Dear Edith and Lily
Venue: The Inn at Kenmore Hall
Florals: Township Four
Dress: Ceremony Boston
Suit: Hive and Colony
Rentals: Classical Tents