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How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Venue

The wedding venue puts the word perfect in a perfect wedding. Its importance is the very reason why you need careful consideration before deciding on your perfect wedding venue.

Why The Venue Is Important

The purpose of any wedding venue is to establish the theme, environment, and ambiance for the entire ceremony. Therefore, these are the first decisions that need to be made. What is that theme, environment, and ambiance you would like to create for your wedding? If you are having some difficult getting started on ideas for your wedding, think back on wedding you have attended in the past. What were some of the things you liked? What were some things that you disliked? As you are considering these issues, make a list of those things you like and dislike also include any advantages and disadvantages you may note.

In the US, the available possibilities for a wedding venue, exceptionally suited to your wedding needs, are almost endless. Basically, once you know what theme, atmosphere, and mood you want to set up, its just a matter of doing a little legwork. However, depending on the actual location of your wedding, you may have to acquire a license. In some international locations, outdoor wedding are not possible. All these things need to be considered.

As with any thing else, your research is essential to finding a great wedding venue, and it should be thorough and hand-on. Question your friends, family, business associates, and colleagues to refer their venues of choice. Start to compile your list of venue options. This is where the legwork, I mentioned earlier, comes into play. You will need to pay a physical visit to each one of these venues on your list of possibilities.

Check Them Out

As you start to develop your favourite from the list, visit the ones you like at different times of the day. By doing this, you get an idea of how different the venue looks as the lighting around it changes. Dont be surprised if a venue offers a food tasting. This is normal. However, a better approach would be to go to dinner at the venues restaurant unannounced and observe the service and the quality of the food.

When you pay a visit to each facility and made your choice, make sure that the actual individual you are meeting with is indeed the person who will be dealing with your wedding preparations and questions. Further, expert wedding consultants suggest that any plans made with this individual should be put into writing, making sure to adjust this document as necessary with any changes. This all-important document is essential if, for whatever unforeseen reason, the individual you were dealing with leaves, you can provide the new individual with the details of your current plans. You need to be able to show this new person what was previously agreed to.

Other Thoughts

Negotiations are key to getting what you want and saving money on wedding expenses. Perhaps, the venue has specials or discounts cheaper days or seasons. You wont know unless you ask.

There are some things you should not compromise on when deciding on your wedding venue. Firstly, lets consider photo opportunities. It is pointless to go into the importance of your wedding photos. Everyone knows they are priceless. The venue should have picturesque surroundings. If you have already chosen a photographer, take them with you to visit the potential venue. Also as important, you need to consider the versatility of the venue. If you planned an outdoor wedding and it rains, will you be pleased with the quality of the other rooms and locations at your venue of choice. Dont forget to find out if the venue will be exclusively available to you on your wedding day.

Now that you are aware how to plan and choose your perfect wedding venue, you can now confidently approach this issue, make your decision, and enjoy your memorable occasion in a style only you can dictate.


Article written by Chris Morton

Chris Morton ran hotels and restaurants for 17 years - catering for 100s of weddings. His wife Sue is a wedding planner with 10 years experience. Together they have established to provide unbiased help for brides and grooms. email:


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