Weddings take place everywhere these days. Wineries, Beaches, Parks, Historic Homes, Restaurants, Hotels, Gardens, Museums, and Resorts are just s few locations Brides choose.
Many Brides wouldn't thinkg of getting married anyplace but her place of worship. Regardless of where you decide to tie the knot, these ideas will help youplan and budget.
Does your wedding have a theme?
If you have your heart set on a formal wedding nad receptio n, consider your place of worship, hotels or museums. Casual weddings would do wel on the beach or in a park. If exotic is what you are thinking of, perhaps a destination wedding would be just your style. Choosing the right venue can set the tone for your reception and you should get a feel for its ambiance and service.
How much can you spend?
Your budget will play a big part in your wedding venue decision. If the location of your dreams is more expensive than you planned, negotiate the price or reduce other expenses. Sometimes just changing your day or date will reflect a significant savings.
Another way to help you keep within your budget is to find a venue with an events manager. Find a venue with an events manager who will be with you every step of the way. They can work with your budget and help you stay on track. You want someone who is easy to work with, who will make sure all of your plans for the day go off withouta hitch.
Who is going to coordinate the event?
The last thing you need on your wedding day is to worry about the details. Traditional wedding locations may supply an on-site event coordinator to keep track of everything and coordinate deliveries and services. If you choose an untraditional site or decide on a destination wedding, you may want to hire a wedding planner to provide these services.
Does the location have all the amenities?
Do you want a dance floor? does the venue allow liquor and provide a bar? Is ctering available and if not, is there a kitchen for outside caterers to use? Do you need to bring in already cooked food? Is there a preferred baker or do you provide your own wedding cake? Is there enough parking and is it easy access? If you are having an outside event, whats is the backup plan in case of inclement weather? Will the venue provide chairs, tables, and linens, serving dishes, plates, and flatware or will you need to rent these items? Decide what is important to you and which details are deal breakers. Keep track of the pros and cons of each venue you visit with a spreadsheet or notebook.
Ask about what the venue provides in terms of setup and cleanup, as well as any decorations (linens, napkins, candles, etc.) Some venues only provide the space, and couples are required to provide everything else, even tables, and chairs, and flatware. Also, be sure to find out if they have 'required' vendor lists to avoid paying a fee for bringing in your own vendors.