Churches, Parks, Reception Halls Top Venue Choices Among Wedding Planning Brides

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According to a survey conducted by My Wedding Workbook, brides favor religious venues, outdoor venues and reception halls for hosting their ceremony and reception.

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Places of religion, outdoor venues and reception halls ranked at the top of brides' lists when choosing ceremony and reception venues, according to a survey conducted by My Wedding Workbook, the next-generation online wedding planning system.

37.8% of the 836 brides surveyed named a place of religion (such as a church, temple, synagogue or mosque) as their ceremony location, while another 22.6% chose an outdoor venue like a park or garden and 8.1% opted for a reception or banquet hall. Historic mansions or venues (6.0%), hotels (5.7%) and private homes (5.4%) finished out the list.

As for the reception venue, reception and banquet halls (31.6%) were the most popular options, with outdoor venues (12.3%) and hotels (11.4%) also ranking highly. Historic mansions or venues (8.3%), religious venues (6.6%) and private homes (6.2%) rounded out the top choices.

"Weddings are definitely events dictated by tradition," said Jeff Kear, co-owner of My Wedding Workbook. "So it's no surprise that places of religion, outdoor venues and reception halls are among the leading wedding venues, because they are certainly the most traditional. However, our findings show a diversity of choices among wedding venues, revealing a willingness among brides to consider lots of types of venues."

In addition, 56.1% of all brides stated that, in planning a wedding, they would be holding their ceremony and reception at the same venue.

"In light of the current economic climate, brides are trying to squeeze every penny out of their budget when wedding planning, and keeping the ceremony and reception in the same place can save lots of money and hassle," said Kear.

12.2% of brides also stated that they would be having a destination wedding. "Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular, and for several reasons," said Kear. "First, the cost of a destination wedding can be comparable to planning a wedding at home, and sometimes even less expensive. Second, many guests are already traveling by plane, so a destination wedding just means a longer flight. Third, the bride and groom can combine their wedding and honeymoon, saving them money. And, finally, everyone gets to have a vacation while they are attending a wedding."

About My Wedding Workbook
Our wedding planning software system is the product of three years of research with dozens of professional wedding consultants. The result ... the first complete, step-by-step system that provides brides with the insights and resources they need to plan their entire wedding - from engagement to honeymoon - on their own. Included are a comprehensive Web-based wedding planning guide with essential advice and guidance (coming in December 2010); wedding worksheets and checklists to ensure nothing is missed; online wedding planning software for managing all the details; and online tools like a personal wedding website builder and ideas-and-inspiration board that make wedding planning fun. Its sister site, My Wedding Workbook Pro, is the next-generation online bridal consultant software for professional wedding planners to manage their events and clients.

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