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If a marriage is in your upcoming plans, where will the venue be?
For most couples-to-be, the decision isn’t all that hard. Others, however, well that can be a totally different story.
With summertime just around the corner, many couples will officially be tying the knot. As a result, they hope that the location for their nuptials will prove to be something they will remember for the rest of their lives.
That said where will your wedding take you?
Selecting the Prime Spot
So that you can have a wedding venue that is all but guaranteed to be free of both issues and drama, remember these pointers for that special day:
- Plan early – First and foremost, don’t wait until the 25th hour to find a venue. As you may or may not know, many sites book-up months and even years ahead of time. It essentially boils down to getting ahead of everyone else so you get the venue you both truly want;
- Do your research – By doing both in-person research and hitting both the Internet and wedding publications (magazines etc.), you have a much better opportunity to select a site that you both truly want, not one that you were all but forced to choose because your top selections were already taken for that special day or those alternative days you had in the back of your mind. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask others who you know about their choices. Whether it was a best friend who recently tied the knot, a family member, a co-worker, get their two cents on what they like about their selected venues and determine if you might like them too;
- Don’t forget Mother Nature – If you’re planning an outdoor wedding venue, always keep in mind the weather. While indoor ceremonies have much more flexibility, weddings held outside almost always are at the mercy of Mother Nature. For example, if you live in the Miami area, you know how great the weather can be for much of the year. On the flip side, you know a shower, even serious thunderstorms, can arise pretty much at any point and time. For those in Buffalo, outdoor weddings in the wintertime are all but a no-go that is unless of course you don’t mind temps below freezing and the possibility of lots of white stuff (not counting the bride’s dress). While countless couples are able to carry off fantastic outdoor ceremonies on picture-perfect days, others aren’t always as fortunate;
- Headed indoors – While many couples do like the idea of an outdoor wedding, millions of others will opt for the more traditional indoor church wedding. Once again, planning in plenty of time rings true. For those opting for a nice indoor ceremony in the church of their choice, planning in plenty of time is the key. Along with in-house visits of course, you can use the Internet to scout church sites and other indoor venues for the big day. You will need to determine if the venue will hold all the people you plan to invite (especially if you are looking at several hundred attendees for both the bride and the groom). Also determine how much the church of your choice charges for its leader to conduct the ceremony, the cost for renting out the church itself etc. Just as planning an ideal trip away takes time and saving up money, the wedding venue search can’t be done on the spur of the moment. In the end, taking your time to search and doing it well in advance are the two keys;
- Don’t forget the reception – Finally, even though the wedding ceremony itself takes top priority, don’t forget to invest the proper time and effort into where you want your reception to take place. Visiting different venues is of course the best and pretty much only route to go, but the Internet again is a good starting point. Most resorts, hotels, bigger restaurants etc. that typically host receptions are online these days. Visit their websites to get a feel for what they have to offer. While only an in-person visit will ultimately convince you on a place, there is much that can be accomplished from starting the process on your computer.
If wedding bells are in the air for you and your partner-to-be later down the road, let the planning begin immediately.