One exciting and sometimes nerve-racking decision that couples have to make is – “Where will we have our wedding and/or reception?” When searching for a location, it is easy for eager partners to be taken in by how an area looks. They might gush about a place that boasts of a quaint bridge where swans swim on the man-made pond below. A spot overlooking a body of water or mountains might be appealing to others, while some will readily say “yes” to a location that looks like someone’s secret garden. In case you are in the process of scouting for a wedding venue, you should avoid finalizing an agreement with the owner or manager of the place just because you fell in love with the wonderful area at first sight. Consider practical matters first to avoid future issues.
So, what practical concerns must you mull over? Below are some pointers that you should check out.
1. The Ceremony
We are much more liberal these days. But you have to consider the regulations followed by your church, especially if you are to have a religious ceremony. For instance, some denominations do not allow the wedding rite to be performed outdoors. It should be done in church or a house of worship. So, a garden or beach wedding might not be feasible. But still, the reception can be outdoors. In such cases, you’ll have to think about how far the church is from the reception venue, how the guests will be transported, and how long the travel time will be.
2. The Budget
There are so many other things that you have to spend on for a wedding celebration. Take this into account before signing a contract with an expensive venue. If the place you love is just too expensive, maybe you ought to look for another more affordable location and decorate the area the way you like it. Also, the time of year can influence pricing. Venues might be more expensive during peak seasons, like June and July or from May to August. Opt to be wed during the off-season, like November, March or April because you might enjoy huge discounts.
3. The Guests
Of course you have to consider how many guests you’re going to have. Make sure that the location you select has enough space for all wedding visitors, decorations, tables, and other details.
4. The Food
In general, event venues have their own caterers. But you also have the option of looking for your own. In case you’re considering going for the in-house caterers, be sure to check their menu first. Request to test the food that you’re thinking about serving on your day so that you can gauge the quality of the food that’s going to be served. If you already have a caterer in mind, discuss with the management about how the food service is going to be. Can your caterer use a small area in the kitchen? Will your caterer also need to bring the plates and other utensils or will the venue provide these things? Will the venue provide the waiters or servers or should your caterer bring her own people?
All in all, though you’ll want to create a dreamy and unforgettable wedding, always take into account the practical stuff. You do not want to be burdened by problems or huge debts later on because you forgot to be sensible and went on ahead with your plans without thinking thoroughly.