One of the most important steps in your wedding planning strategy is choosing a ceremony and reception venue. To a certain degree who you are defines the location of your wedding reception and the location of your wedding ceremony. The place should be an environment you find appealing and comfortable. Remember, this is your day and the most important thing is for you and your groom to have an unbelievable experience.
You should not worry about tradition, or what your friends and your family like. If you and your groom pay for everything, you need to be much less concerned with what other people think of your location. If your parents pay for it, your decision should be much more democratic.
Most importantly, you’ll want to create an environment that will be unique and memorable for you and your guests. It sounds simple, but it is easier said than done. To be successful, you must be very clear about what you are looking for in a venue. Are you looking for an intimate environment, do you want to get married on a sandy beach, in a five star hotel or in your parents house you grew up in?
Even though churches are the most common wedding ceremony locations, it is OK to look elsewhere. There is an endless list of possibilities for wedding ceremony locations. You may decide to have your ceremony held at a hotel ballroom, a beautiful house, a club house, a botanical garden, a romantic beach, a park, and the list goes on-and-on.
It may be beneficial to have the wedding ceremony and the reception in the same physical location. It can not only simplify, but also serve as a money saving idea.
Remember, if you select a popular location there will be many other couples interested, so you should schedule as early as possible. The sooner you start your search the more options you will have.
You should have the following list at hand when considering a wedding reception/ceremony venue:
Cost – The cost of the venue and amount of deposit required are crucial details.
Food Cost – How much is food per person.
Capacity – You should make sure the facility could accommodate the number of guest you are inviting.
Cancellation Policy – How much time in advance you have to cancel in case you change your mind? Music – What are the rules and regulations about noise and music?
Access – Do they have handicap access? Is there public transportation available?