Today, planning a wedding can be a very public process (think Facebook, Twitter, wedding websites, etc.). There was a day when your guests didn't know what to expect until they arrived at your wedding, but that's now a thing of the past. Just imagine if you were Kate Middleton, Prince William's bride-to-be. Her wedding will be widely broadcast around the world. Good thing Prince Williams is used to publicity!
At Martha Stewart Weddings, we don't know the secrets of her wedding just yet, such as the flavor of her cake, who will be designing her dress, or what colors she'll choose for her palette. But, we do know how, if given the freedom, we would do it around here. So as we count down the next 134 days of Kate and William's engagement, we will be bringing you weekly blog posts from our in-house experts detailing how we, at MSW, would plan their wedding. From save-the-dates to bridal party gifts, we'll share our advice for Kate (and feel free to take us up on it, too).
One thing we do know: Kate and William will be wed at Westminister Abbey, of course. This church has hosted a slew of royal weddings and is quite historical. But what about your ceremony and reception's location? I would definitely say that choosing where to have these events is the biggest decision you'll have to make. Do your research upfront. Consider what type of place you're looking for -- raw space, lofty, casual, fancy -- since that will help dictate the style and vibe of your special day. Also think about the price, the caterers the venue might work with, limitations on vendors, and how many people it holds. But most importantly, LOVE IT. I am sure Kate and William will love getting married at Westminister. Looking for location inspiration for your own fete? Check out some of our favorite venues here.