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A wedding, in theory, only happens once, and means this special day should be perfect. Every wedding-related decision plays a crucial part in making your wedding day successful and just the way you dreamt of.
Things to consider when choosing a wedding venue
There are many decisions to make, such as décor, number of guests, theme, and so on. Will it be a modern or a traditional wedding? What food will be served to the guests? The list just goes on and on.
The main concern and the first decision to make is choosing the wedding venue. This decision mainly depends on what kind of wedding you want.
A traditional one in a single place? Or, a unique, themed wedding in a travel destination?
Suppose you are looking for combining a great experience and affordable prices.
There are, however, a lot of other things that have to be considered when you are choosing a wedding venue such as:
Booking the wedding venue
You must consult everyone who is vital to the wedding before booking a site. Book in advance and make sure every point listed here is taken care of.
You may think that your wedding is still a year away, so why the rush? However, all excellent wedding venues get booked almost a year in advance, and some even before that.
This is where you need all the bargaining skills you can get.
It is best to start researching for the best wedding planners and vendors and go through all the offers and packages they have early on. The earlier you start searching, the better deal you will be able to grab.
Grabbing a good deal in advance can save you so much money.
In many traditional weddings, especially Asian weddings, the date of the whole affair is extremely important. In other cases, you may have a favorite time of the year or a meaningful date in mind.
The problem here is that the wedding venue may not be available for that date. There are two solutions to this problem.
You can choose your favorite venue and get married per their availability. Or, you can book a beautiful place way in advance so you can select the wedding date. It depends entirely on your priorities.
Fix the number of venues
Many weddings across the world have more than one event. It is not just the marriage ceremony but events before and after the ‘I do’s’.
In this case, though the budget increases, the main problem that might occur is the timing. If you need the same venue for all the events, you must plan immediately.
Accessibility of the wedding venue
An essential part of a wedding is your guests, and their comfort is vital. It would be best if you chose a wedding venue which will be easily accessible for everyone invited.
It will be bad if the guests find it difficult to locate the venue and get lost. You don’t want to make them tired and cranky before they’ve even made it to the wedding.
Also, if you are planning to fit in more than one location, going to and fro should be as easy as possible.
The best solution to this problem is to print a detailed map and also mention all the landmarks and points in the wedding invitation. This will make it easier for the guests to reach the venue on time.
For out-of-town guests, who are new to the area, make sure someone is available over the phone to point them in the right direction.
Style of wedding
Choosing the wedding venue depends highly on your personal preference and what kind of bride you are. If you decide to be a traditional or classic bride, it is more likely that you will select ballrooms or churches.
On the other hand, if you opt for a more modern and colorful wedding, you can choose a beautiful flower garden or open space with fountains and greenery. You can also go for a vineyard for a stylish yet classic wedding.
Standing apart from all other venues, you can choose a poolside or maybe a Bohemian wedding. In both of these weddings, you have scope for more creativity, and you can plan and help the execution of everything from scratch.
The wedding venue capacity
It is vital that you count the number of guests and choose a location likewise. Trying to fit in double the number of people in a small space is just stupid.
Also, doing the opposite and booking a huge venue for a small number of guests can make the whole wedding seem unimportant.
In most of the cases, the common mistake made while planning is the fact that almost the same number of guests will be attending both the wedding and the reception.
Keeping the sizes of the venues similar will make things a little easier.
Fixing the budget
Everything will go in vain if the budget is not set beforehand. You keep on planning and planning, and then later, the budget falls short. There’s nothing as depressing as canceling plans at the last second.
It is important to set a wedding budget and then divide it in a way so that every aspect of the whole function is kept in mind.
The budget has to be divided to cover everything from the venue, wedding invitations, food, decorations, ritual costs, wedding dress, gifts, and jewelry. It has to be made so that nothing gets overlooked and becomes a problem later on.
Planning everything will make the whole affair run smoothly, and you will not have to fret over everything on your special day.
We have already discussed the accessibility of the venue, and in this regard, we also have to choose a location that can easily be reached through local transport. It’s just better to be safe than sorry.
It would also be smart if you made sure that there is enough parking for the guests to avoid any other headaches.
Weddings can be stressful if you don’t organize things way in advance. These tips will help you cover one significant aspect of a wedding – the venue. Happy planning!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.