Deciding on Where to Hold your Wedding Ceremony
The wedding venue is one of the most important considerations for a couple.
They also need to pick a favorite season. There are winter weddings, for example. This will make asking for space during those times simpler. The season and the venue are co-dependent. You also need to do this early, since the popular venues tend to get overbooked fast.
Prepare your budget well. There are different rates for each venue. You will narrow down those that are within your range. This will also eliminate time wasting on venues that you will eventually not use. You need to have all venue costs clear, to plan accordingly.
You need to determine the number of people coming for the wedding. You will thud know which areas are adequate for that number. You need to ensure there is adequate space for everyone. Everyone you invite may just turn up.
You also need to determine if you want both parts of the wedding at the same venue. While deciding on that, you also need to ensure the venue has a backup plan in case the weather changes. This applies to outdoor events. You will find some where you can do everything there. If not, you need to have the two locations not too far apart.
Prepare well before you go to discuss the terms of the venues. You need to have your needs aligned clearly, so that you can focus on where they shall be fulfilled. There has to be a clear understanding of the sources of elements such as full service, support staff, vendors, discounts, allowances for outside catering or onsite catering services. As you are negotiating, you may miss to cover certain areas, which later emerge as critical. At the end of it, there has to be a written contract, with all the details clearly outlined, singed and copied.
You also need to think of where your distant guests shall be staying during the ceremony period. The venue might have provisions for such. If they don’t, you will have to think o an alternative.