Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Selecting a wedding venue

When you plan your wedding, ask yourself "What will make our wedding different and personal to us?"  Make an initial guest list and gather some basic ideas of what your priorities are.  It's probably one of the biggest parties you'll ever have, so it's essential that it's an event that reflects your style yet doesn't break the bank.  Remember that the more guests you invite, the more everything you'll need (dinners, linens, flowers, etc.)

The internet is a wonderful tool to do your basic search for wedding venues and professionals.  But, don't judge a book by it's cover!  Make an appointment and tour properties in person to get a real feel of the facility.  Ask to take a sneak peak before a wedding, so you can see it in action and set up for an actual wedding.
Do your homework and ask every question you can.  How much is the rental fee (if any)?  Do you have the option of bringing in an outside caterer?  What comes with the facility?  (tables, chairs, linens, etc.)  Or do you need to rent things like tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware and stemware?  All of those things add up, so it might throw you over budget if you have to rent all of those items.  If catering is done on site, what are the menus available and how much per person.  Make sure you know everything that is included and any extras. (including gratuity and taxes)

As you walk into the perfect wedding venue, it's an almost overwhelming feeling that you get as you realize you've found the place that will hold the memories of your wedding reception.  Start the hunt early for the perfect venue.  If you have your heart set on a fall wedding in New England, remember there's lots of other couples that have the same thought... so book early!  Same thing applies for a wedding in the south (South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, etc.).  That is just a gorgeous time of year in the south for a wedding, so dates and venues fill up.

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