There are a lot of important little things to plan when it comes to your big day, but one of the most important decisions that you’ll have to make as a bride is the venue where your wedding and reception is going to be hosted. As much as you might want to marry on a beach in the Caribbean, that might not be practical, and even if it is, you still have a lot to think about. Here are some tips to help you out, and ensure that you pick the perfect venue for your wedding and reception.
Talk To Your Planner
If you have a wedding planner, then they are going to be the first person you will want to talk to when brainstorming venues. Maybe you have a vision already, this means they will be able to give constructive advice as to how to accomplish this vision. If not, they are likely to have a list of venues that they’ve already used and will be able to suggest a few.
Consider Your Guest List
Couples often underestimate how many people they are going to invite to their wedding, and get their heart set on a wedding venue that simply won’t accommodate all of their friends and relatives. This can be pretty upsetting, especially if you’ve chosen the venue for sentimental reasons. To avoid this heartache, be sure you only look at venues that can fit everyone that you’ve invited, and then add space for a few more people, just in case you parents invite someone or you remember last minute that you forgot to invite someone.
Know Your Budget
Much like with your guest list, it can be easy to look at wedding venues that don’t fit your financial circumstances too. It’s not just the room itself that you need to consider either; You will also need to think of the cost of decorating the room. Start by looking at the cost of decor and flowers, and then look for venues that fit into the remaining budget. You will also need to consider what you include in your venue. For example, you may find it cheaper to hire independent caterers than using the ones that your venue uses.
As already mentioned, as much as you may want to marry on a Caribbean beach, it certainly won’t be practical for all of your guests. If you are sure that you want all of your cousins, their children, and your great-great-aunt Ethel at your wedding, you may want to consider a venue a little closer to home. If you are dead-set on a destination wedding or are inviting a lot of guests from out of town, you will want to find a wedding venue that is close to a hotel, and make sure you reserve a block of rooms, just in case.
Your wedding needs to be special, but you need to think with your head, as well as your heart when you start looking at possible venues. Hopefully, this short list will help you to find somewhere that’s absolutely perfect.