Tying the knot?
How do you go about choosing the perfect wedding venue for dream wedding?
The venue is as much a part of the wedding as the bride and groom, and having the right venue for the wedding is essential.
Here 10 tips for choosing the perfect wedding venue.
Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall?
The time of year makes a huge impact on your choice of venue. Some venues will look awesome in Summer and less so in Winter, outdoor venues are great in summer but do you really want your guests washed away in winter rains?
How many people?
One of the biggest points of argument and discussion is who is coming to the wedding and reception. The venue you choose must be able to comfortably accommodate all your guests, there is nothing worse than a cramped, crushed up wedding and then on the other side a venue to large can make the reception feel a little awkward. The number of people attending will help you choose the venue.
Who is where and how?
The logistics of the wedding day can be one of the biggest headaches. If you are using a separate venue for the ceremony and another for the reception you need to consider the logistics, you don’t want a 3 hour journey to the reception after the ceremony. Also if you have guests traveling long distance, you may need to consider accommodation. Accommodation at or nearby the venue is an important consideration.
Weddings can be expensive and whilst every bride or groom wishes they had an endless, fairy-tale budget very often they do not. Getting prices in advance for a variety of venues will help you budget better and will allow you to scale and plan your wedding accordingly.
What is your theme?
Today nearly every event has a theme, and weddings are no different and certain venues lend themselves to a certain style, feel or theme. Consider whether you want a romantic feel where a vineyard often provides the perfect backdrop or something more urban chic in an industrial loft for example or is it going to be beach wedding? Deciding on your theme or feel will allow you to focus on certain types of venue and narrow down the choices.
What services do you need?
Many wedding venues offer a wide variety of services to help make your wedding day run smoother; some venues have full wedding planning services. Find out what services the venue has to offer and make the use of them, remember they wouldn’t offer them if they did not add value. The value add services take a great deal of pressure off on the big day and will make things run so much more smoothly.
Your wedding day will fly by in a flash and the memories of the day will remain inside you and in the photos taken on the day. Consider the photographer in your choice of venue as this will create amazing memories for years to come from photos that are romantic and happy that you will want to look at again and again.
Visit the venue
Visit the venue at the time of day you will be using it, take photographs of the venue because you will see things (or not) that the venue owner may not. Visiting at time of day that you will using the venue allows you to get a good feel for the place, you will also pick up on things such as traffic flow, low flying aircraft, noisy sports events and even how the sun sets and the lighting that may or may not be needed. Don’t be afraid to visit more than once and take someone neutral with to get their opinion.
Be a nuisance
It is your big day and you have every right to ensure it is special. Ask lots of questions, even questions that are important to you but may seem a little stupid or even obvious. Ask, ask and ask again because only by doing this can you get exactly what you need.
Many venues get heavily booked up and there is a peak season for weddings. Advance planning is essential and then booking as early as you can is vital to reserve the venue for the date you want.
Above all your wedding day must be special, you cannot put a finger on cost but you know what you want and you won’t settle for less and these few tips may just help you make you day all you dream it will be.
This is a guest post from Matt Newnham who is a writer based in Cape Town, South Africa. Passionate about life, success and seeing others reach their dreams. Matt’s work has been published globally and his ability to find the human or real element of any subject has earned him the title “The Master of Emotional Appeal” from his readers, critics and peers. Follow Matt on Twitter @MattNewnhamZA or on Facebook
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