Next to choosing a wedding gown, the most nerve-wracking of pre-wedding tasks for a bride (and groom) is the selection of the venue. In times past, most brides settled for the traditional church wedding for the ceremony, and an alternative location for the reception. However, weddings have become more personalized to reflect the specific tastes and lifestyle of the couple. Therefore, it is important that the venue reflect the couple’s ‘personality’ as well.
Here are a few key items that you want to be aware of when searching for the perfect wedding venue:
- Make sure that the site can accommodate the number of invited guests. You don’t want a facility that is too small or too large.
- Does the look and atmosphere coincide with the theme of the wedding? If you want a rustic-themed reception, then a downtown hotel ballroom in a major metropolitan area will probably not be on your list of potential locations.
- Does the facility have elements that fit the needs of you and your guests (i.e.: menu, bar, an additional room where the photographer can set up, adequate number of powder rooms, parking, etc.)?
- Budget, budget, budget. It is very important that the venue fits your budgetary requirements.
Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of what to be mindful of when shopping for the perfect site. However, these tips (along with a savvy wedding planner) can help guide you in making the right choices for your special day!
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