How To Choose a Location for Your Wedding

Your wedding will be one of the most important days of your life, so you want to make it just right. That means that you need to put a lot of thought into the perfect place to hold your wedding ceremony and reception. Can't decide? Here are a few suggestions to help you choose a location for your wedding.

Step 1

Determine how large the venue needs to be. Before you can choose the perfect location to exchange your vows, you need to take a few things into account in terms of what size of venue you'll need. First of all, you need to have a pretty good idea of your guest list. Since you will not have received any of your R.S.V.Ps back yet, you should still try to determine the general number of guests you're expecting. Then consider any special space requirements in terms of the entertainment you've hired, and also decide whether you'll need a dance floor. All of these considerations needs to be made when selecting the size of a venue.

Step 2

Set your budget. You can't select your wedding location without knowing what it will cost you. Some locations are absolutely breathtaking, but they usually have a price tag to match. That's why it's a good idea to set your budget prior to looking into wedding locations. If you have to stick to a number, you'll be less likely to overspend on your wedding location.

Step 3

Select the style of location you want. These days, you can get married just about anywhere. There are many different types of wedding venues available - parks, museums, old theatres, restaurants, halls, and of course, churches. Discuss with your partner what style of wedding you want to hold, and this should help you determine (at least somewhat) why type of location you need to be book for your wedding.

Also, determine whether or not you want to hold your wedding indoors or outdoors. Take the time of year into account. But also think about things like public traffic - will there be a lot of non-guests in the park on the day of your wedding? Does the local marching band practice at the same time as you'll be marching down the aisle one block over? Or will street traffic drown out your vows if you do them outside? Go to the venue on the same day of the week that you're thinking of getting married so you can see what environmental factors might affect your wedding plans. As well, if you're considering doing an outdoor wedding, it's always a good idea to have a back-up plan in case the weather turns nasty. It is suggested that you choose an outdoor venue with a large indoor room that is available on the day of your wedding.  

Step 4

Visit potential sites and book your favorite. Once you have narrowed down your list to a few potential wedding locations, call the site managers to arrange for a meeting. Come armed with a list of questions, and be sure to double-check that your wedding date is available. Ensure that all of your vendors will be able to operate with everything they need at your chosen location. Then book your wedding location and make sure to get everything in writing.


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