It’s the one day in your life that’s all about you and your loved one – your wedding day. Whether it’s an intimate affair or a lavish event, the venue is the basis for creating your dream day. We’ve sourced the top five tips to help you secure the venue you’ve always wanted.
1. Hire a Wedding Planner
You may have been planning your big day since you were in kindergarten – and have every aspect of the day planned out in your mind. But, wedding planning is what wedding planners do! They make their living out of realizing the true potential of a venue and ensuring that you get your dream day too. Hiring a wedding planner should ideally come before you secure your venue.
2. Start Your Venue Search Early
Imagine how disappointing it would be to find the venue of your dreams and discover your non-negotiable date has already been snapped up. The best way of securing the date and the venue you’ve dreamed of is to be organized. Premier wedding venues can book up years in advance during peak wedding season. If you’ve got more flexibility with dates, you could snag the venue you want at a quieter point in the year.
3. Location, Location, Location
When you’re seeking out your dream venue, there are a couple of practicalities you need to take into consideration. Perhaps you’ve already got an out-of-this-world venue in mind – but if you pick somewhere so far off the beaten track that no one can find it, your day is spoiled before it starts.
When it comes to finding the perfect venue, there are plenty of places to have a wedding, including hotels, banquet halls, gardens, museums, and even private homes.
You want your day to be an experience both you and your guests remember for all the right reasons. Take time to consider:
- how far away is the venue from the nearest airport?
- are there any hotels in close proximity– enough for all the traveling guests?
- is the venue easy to get to?
- are the facilities suitable for guests with disabilities?
- is there enough parking space?
- is it close enough for guests attending only the night do to travel to?
4. Be on Top of Your Budget
Weddings are quite a costly experience. Whilst releasing doves as a token of your unending love for one another seems like a touching gesture, if it means you can’t afford the food, you’re best to give it a miss. Make a plan of what you want and balance it against what you can afford. Your wedding planner will have ingenious and inventive ways of creating the vibe, theme and tone you’re after whilst bearing your budget in mind.
When it comes to the cost of weddings, the guest list plays a big role. If you want to invite everyone you know, you’re going to have to compromise somewhere. But, if a smaller, more intimate wedding is your idea of heaven, then perhaps you can find a little more in the budget for food and decoration.
5. Prioritize Your Non-negotiables
If you’ve always dreamt of getting married at the base of snowy mountain slopes, or within the tranquility of lush, green aspen groves then make it happen. Or, it might be exclusively booking out a venue to create a private day-to-night event, so be it. Identifying what is the single most important aspect of the venue is key to achieving the day you’ve always dreamed of.
Finding your perfect, dreamed-about venue is the start of the magical adventure that culminates in the day of a lifetime. Stay true to yourself and your wedding day will be the most exquisite start to the journey known as marriage.
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