Wow! It happened! He proposed! As you look at the ring on your finger, you think back to when you first began putting your wedding together. The first thing you recall is picking out your wedding dress.
Yes, you started making decisions about your wedding before you were even in middle school. After all, it’s important, and important things take a lot of planning.
After you picked out what your dress would look like, you chose your wedding colors, then you dreamily went through your ceremony and reception. In fact, you’ve been to your wedding so many times, in your mind, that getting married for real is going to seem a little like déjà vu. Just a little.
But you’ve found the right guy, and the real marriage is going to happen. But wait! Where is the wedding going to be held? Here are some things to ask yourself as you consider which wedding venue will be best for your special day:
How many people are coming to your wedding?
It seems elementary, doesn’t it? But this thought is like a small pebble in a bucket of rocks. It can easily get shaken to the bottom of the barrel, especially when you have a million things to do at the last minute. And it makes a difference, a very big difference, whether you are expecting a few relatives and close friends or whether you’ve invited half the county and then some.
What kind of ceremony do you want?
When looking for the right wedding venue, you need to know whether you prefer the atmosphere at your wedding to be reflective, or whether you lean more toward the “let’s party!” atmosphere.
Finally, how are you footing the bill?
This isn’t the most fun part of planning your wedding, but once you know how much room you have, financially, getting everything lined up can actually be rather fun.
Start looking at wedding venues, comparing the packages offered at each. Some of your best friends at this point will be a piece of paper and a writing utensil. There are so many wedding venues, with so many packages, that even Einstein would be driven to despair if asked to remember everything.
The questions to ask:
- Is food provided?
- Do they know a good photographer?
- Do they know a good florist?
- Can you have both the wedding and reception there?
Before you get down to specifics, it’s good to ask whether the wedding venue offers packages, and if so, what is included.
The numbers of large and small wedding venues available are countless. You can be married in a graceful Victorian mansion, or at a justice of the peace downtown. Your reception can be held on a ship as you cruise the Caribbean, or in your backyard, as you try out your new barbecue. The deciders will be your budget, your taste, and the needs of your guests.
The bottom line, no matter what wedding venue you choose, is: have fun! This is a wonderful day!