You’ve had the romantic proposal, and you’ve got the perfect ring, now the next step is to plan the perfect wedding. There’s so much to take into consideration – guests, food, drinks, location, transport and more and it can feel quite overwhelming. An important part of the process is choosing a location, for both the wedding ceremony and reception, and often this can help to sort some of the other details out. But how do you find the perfect location for you and your fiance/fiancee and more importantly, your families?! Take a look at the points to consider below while choosing your perfect wedding venue.
Get the Guest List Sorted
Putting together your guest list is probably one of the most important first steps as it determines the rest of the plans from here on in. Do you want a small intimate gathering, or a stadium sized mega wedding to accomodate both of your distant relatives? Are you accommodating a lot of young kids (your siblings or cousin’s children perhaps) or do you need to take into consideration wheelchair access so your great Aunt Ethel can join in the fun? Being aware of both the numbers and needs of your guests helps you to determine the right wedding venue for you.
What Does a Wedding Venue Mean to You?
There are so many reasons for choosing a particular wedding venue, and some involve the special meaning they have for us. If you are a religious person or from a religious family, it may be important for you to hold your ceremony inside a church or temple, and so contact with that organisation should be made to prepare for your big day. Maybe there is a certain venue that’s close to your family’s heart, like a special park, building or garden, where each generation of your family gets married and where you want to get married too. Perhaps all that you really want as a couple is a place to exchange vows with exquisite ocean views as the sun sets for a romantic atmosphere. It’s important to ask what do you want from your wedding venue, and what can it do for you.
How Much Money, Time and Effort Can You Spend?
If money is not an object, you are certainly one of the luckier couples who can possibly enjoy the luxury of a wedding planner or assistant to help gather ideas for venues and put together all the details for the big day. But for most of us, we either have to, or want to do it ourselves, and this means taking into careful consideration how much time, money and effort we really want to put into the planning. The venue choice plays a big role in this as a lot of the work on the wedding day will have to do with the venue. If you are planning for a DIY affair, you’ll definitely want either some hired help or a dedicated team of family and friends to help you set up the area, keep things running smoothly or of course help to clean up post party. A venue that has packages for functions and celebrations can really help on this point, because although you may have to shell out more for the service, it may really be worth it so you can enjoy yourself on your special day.
The Finer Details
Along with the venue there’s plenty more details to keep in mind such as decorations, centerpieces, flowers, food options, drinks, entertainment and clean up. Many venues offer these services as packages you can order for your celebration which really helps you by taking a lot of leg work out of the equation. But if you want to add your own personal touch and do it yourself, always keep in mind the added costs of time and money these factors will contribute to your venue choice.
With these tips you can choose and develop the perfect venue for success on your wedding day, for a fun, romantic and meaningful celebration.