What you need to know about locating a perfect wedding ceremony and reception venue. Enjoy these tips and happy venue shopping.
1. How many guests do you want, and how mobile are they? Is your dream wedding small or a Broadway-worthy production? Even though the day is about you, it’s also about your guests. If your closest friends all have toddlers, is it fair to request their presence at a safari wedding in South Africa? If relatives are elderly, can you expect them to make it safely to the beach? You won’t be able to please everyone, but consider making a concession or two if it means your loved ones will attend.
2. Do you want a religious ceremony? A few things to consider:
A traditional religious ceremony may have to be held in a place of worship, so be sure to ask up front. Also, some religious establishments frown upon elaborate decorations or flowers as well as skin-baring dresses, so inquire about these details.
If you and your fiancé have different religious beliefs, consider having the ceremony at a neutral location,
If organized religion does not play a role in your lives but you want to incorporate a spiritual element, consider hosting the ceremony in a natural setting, such as a beach or a park.
3. How much work are you willing to take on? Depending on the location, you may have to do some heavy lifting, weigh the pluses and minuses of these settings:
A unique location: You may have your heart set on a big wedding-day hoedown in a picturesque barn, but who’s going to clear out the hay, haul in the tables, set up the Porta Potties, arrange for lighting, and―oh, yeah―move Bessie out to pasture? There’s also Mother Nature to keep in mind. If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony or reception, you’ll need a backup plan in the case of rain, which means twice as much work.
A reception hall: The establishment usually has a one-size-fits-all feel, but its staff is probably well equipped to take care of the dirty work for you, which may include―and this is important―post-party cleanup.