Choosing a Wedding Venue
One of the first things you should do after getting engaged is to start thinking about where you want to get married and where your reception will be held.
Some couples choose to get married at a church and then have a venue hold the reception. Some couples have the wedding and reception held in the same location. Decide what fits your needs best.
Start a list of venues that you might like. Keep in mind that great venues book 12-18 months in advance.
Before looking at venues, vendors and all the other exciting wedding stuff, set a budget for yourself. Then list your priorities of what means the most to you and where you’re wanting to invest most of your money. Once you’ve made you list of priories, start a list of venues.
Here are a few things to consider when choosing a venue.
Will the venue hold your guests comfortably? Are there separate areas for cocktail hour, dinner and dancing?
Is there a bridal suite to get ready in? You’ll want to consider this if you are having the ceremony and reception in the same location.
Is there a plan B? Is there a back up plan incase of bad weather and the festivities have to be moved indoors?
Are there any restrictions? For example: golf courses will still be open for golfing. Ask about restrictions and locations for portrait taking and such.
Consider visiting a venue location at the same time of day that your ceremony and reception will talk place. This will give you an idea of what the venue will look like then and will help you in the rest of your decision making for a venue.
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