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Tips for Choosing a Wedding Venue

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

For many newly engaged couples, the question of where to host their big day is top of a very long list of decisions, with setting a date coming in a close second. Very often these two decisions go hand in hand, with venue availability depending on date and vice versa. But before the bride and groom decide on a venue, there are a number of things to consider.

Discuss with your fiancé about what kind of theme you want for your wedding day. Do you want something modern or vintage? Elegant or rustic? Whatever your choice, deciding on a wedding style prior to visiting potential venues prevents you from being swept away by some place just because it looks nice. Set out to find a venue that suits your theme right from the beginning so you won’t waste a fortune transforming it into the look you desire.

Consider whether you are looking for one venue to host both the ceremony and reception, or whether you want two distinct venues. If it’s the latter, choosing venues that are close by to each other is a good idea. Another thing to consider about having separate venues? Décor and styling for each venue may be different, thus adding to the budget. Should you decide to have an outdoor or beach wedding, do consider the weather and season during your wedding date.

Is your dream wedding a Hollywood-style red carpet event with everybody in town or a small and intimate affair? That decision may determine the location. If you decide on a small, cosy restaurant for your reception, it won’t be able to accommodate your long guest list. Call the venue to check what their maximum capacity is. You may also want to drop by for a peek when the venue is hosting an event with the same guest list size. Always check out venues you have shortlisted in person.

The topic that every couple dreads. Discuss with your fiancé how much you are willing to spend on the venue. If you have fallen in love with a particular venue but you have a tight budget, there are ways to get around it. One option is to slash the budget for other things. For example, if having this venue will help you save on décor, then by all means. Be realistic. Another option is to pick an off-peak-season wedding date. Alternatively, think out of the box, and find a location that can create the same ambience. Have your wedding in unusual spaces and bring in the caterer. Commonly used spaces are often overpriced. The amount allocated for venue and caterer should not be more than half of your wedding budget.