Tradition dictates that the bride should have first and last say when it comes to choosing the right venue. But in this postmodern era where social equality seems to be ever on the rise, it’s only fair that the groom should have at least some input in the decision-making process. You could look at it as a joyous test drive for things to come, where both partners can sit down and hammer out any asymmetric kinks. In the utmost lovingly fashion, of course.
When picking THE right venue for the momentous day, the first issue up on the board will obviously be whether you’ve decided to go for a religious ceremony or a civil wedding. More couples coming from different belief systems choose to have the ceremony on neutral ground, so to speak, in which case, civil is clearly the way to go. Depending on the allocated timeframe and budget, there’s also the option of doing two ceremonies if you belong to two different faiths and neither wants to convert. After all, two weddings – twice the fun. Remember to start browsing your venues with plenty of time to spare, especially if you’re set on a specific date. The more flexibility you can afford in your schedule, the more options will be open to you, once you start looking. The choice must also be made with the right reception location available in close proximity.
What kind of theme are you in the market for? Elegant and extravagant or low-key and intimate? Thoroughly discuss the overall style and be prepared to compromise on both ends. The same applies to the budget, which should be setup as soon as possible. Fortunately, the majority of a wedding budget consists of food and drink. Coming to terms on the right caterer and bartender is not that hard a choice. Which brings us to the guests. It’s not only your own budget that needs to be taken into account, but also the flexibility of your invited friends and family. Just because it’s your once-in-a-lifetime occasion, doesn’t mean your wedding guests should have to spend a fortune to be in attendance. The ideal choice is to choose a venue relatively close to most of the people on your list. Hotels, inns and local transportation should also be considered when picking the right spot. Too many couples tend to be far too rigid when it comes to the decided number of guests. The number of people invited will obviously limit your choices of available venues, but it’s often far easier to adapt your guest list after the chosen location instead of vice versa.
Planning a ceremony involves a lot of smaller details that, like a puzzle, need to fit together perfectly to create that finished picture seen on the box. The task can seem overwhelming, particularly for younger couple with limited means. There are a lot of services for helping you choose the desired venue; they vary from large multi-national organization to smaller, privately owned firms. Feel more than free to shoot us a message if you feel like you could use a nudge in the right direction and we’ll do our best to help you with your choice.…