So You Want The Wedding Venue Of Your Dreams?

When you get engaged, not only are you floating on cloud nine with happiness, but you’ve also got a lot of vital decisions to make. Whether you’ve had your dream wedding planned in your head since you were a little girl, or you’re looking for the perfect theme, one of the most important decisions to make is where you’re going to get married. Deciding on a venue is a big deal. It not only sets the theme of your wedding, but also the kind of plans you can make. So, when you start looking into venues, here’s what you need to consider.

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Views

Of course, the main thing that’s going to be on your mind when you look at pictures of venues and physically walk around them is ascetics. Because what the venue actually looks like is hugely important to you and your future husband – especially if you have a set look in mind. But, it’s also worth thinking about the views that the venue offers you. Not only do you want to remember this day forever, but you want to make sure that the photos you get are perfect.

Space

Next up, space. When you’re planning a wedding, you’ve got lots of parts of the day to plan. From the ceremony itself to the reception to drinks receptions, dancing and even where you’re going to get ready in the morning. So, as you look at potential wedding venues, you need to see where everything can go. Look at each of the rooms that are available to you and see if you’re happy with where each part of the wedding would potentially be held.

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Services Offered

Then you’re also going to want to chat to the venue owners to events team to see what services their venue comes with. Sometimes, you will find that you’re quite restricted by what they offer, in the sense that you have to use their services rather than your own. So, if their offerings don’t match up with what you have in mind, you might then need to find a place that offers the venue alone and not a full service wedding.

Supplies Available

Along with the services that the venue can offer you, you should also think about the supplies. If you want a dance floor or cocktail making station, or anything else that the venue does or doesn’t supply, you’re going to need to make sure you can find a specialist, like Barlens wedding supplies, that can make sure your wedding looks like it should.

Cost

This part is either going to be all important to you or irrelevant. But, you do need to consider the cost. If you’re on a tight budget, your venue choice may come down to what you can afford. Or, if you have no budget, you should be able to consider any options available to you. However, if you are trying to stick to a set limit, you should work out the top floor you have to spend on the venue and only look at venues under that, so as not to get disheartened.

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Who Is Responsible For Decorating Your Reception Venue?

When a couple starts to visit the various venues available for the forthcoming wedding reception, the last thing on their mind is blowing up balloons. When you arrange an appointment to see what a venue has to offer, it is usually dressed ready for a typical wedding. It looks beautiful, and all the chairs and tables are laid out. But if you want it to look like this on your wedding day, you need to make sure that it is included in your package price.

More and more couples find they are caught out by this. In an attempt to save money, picking the budget package could actually cost you more time. Many venues expect the happy couple to bring their own planner or decorating team to the venue. But you’ll only have a couple of hours to access it before your event begins. This means you and your groom are unlikely to have the time to do it yourself. So who does?

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If you’re not paying the owner of the venue to include all the table decorations, then you need to find friends and family to help you out. You’ll also need to coordinate with the florist regarding the delivery of all the flowers. Do a search for a florist near me, but be sure you pick one that can make more than one delivery for your order. You’ll need the centerpieces and sprays delivered to the venue at the right time. But you’ll need your bouquet and the buttonholes delivered to you on the same morning.

When it comes time to set up the venue, you may decide you want attractive chair covers. Again, these are often delivered, but not installed. You will need to find someone willing to do this on the day. If you’ve ordered a sit-down meal for your wedding reception, table linen will be provided. Of course, all those tables may need moving for the First Dance. Make sure your venue is undertaking this on your behalf.

You may also expect the lighting to be dimmed and even some disco lights for your first dance. A DJ package is often an additional cost for your venue. If you are hiring someone in, make sure they have enough access to set up before you and your guests arrive. They may even bring a dance floor, so consider your preferred layout of the room ahead of time. Some venues can take on all of this planning and event management for you if you’re willing to pay extra.

Your beautiful day will be a whirlwind of excitement. You may not even have time to notice how wonderful everything looks. The toasts, the meal, the drinks and the dancing will keep everyone in good spirits no matter who had to put the decorations together! Of course, the space you hire will have to be returned to its original condition. Traditionally, the bride and groom leave the party first, so you’ll need someone to clean up on your behalf. Sometimes it’s worth paying that little bit extra for the venue to cover all the decorations!

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Easy Ways To Step Up The Glamour Of Your Big Day

Your wedding day will be one of the biggest celebrations you ever throw, so it needs to be spot on. It’s not just about picking the perfect venue and the right dress; it’s all about the small things. The key to having a wedding that’s enjoyed by everyone and remembered for all the right reasons is adding touches of glamour.

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It’s amazing how a few simple touches can make such a difference to the look and feel of your big day. The good news is that upping the glamor of your wedding isn’t hard, at least, it doesn’t have to be. It’s just a case of knowing what will make a difference and give your wedding that extra element of sophistication that it needs.

How do you add glamour to your big day? Here’s a list of ideas.

Offer glamorous transport for guests

Start your day off well with complimentary transport for guests. If the Church is not within walking distance of your reception, then offering your guests transport is a great way to make them feel special. Plus, it’s little touches like this that add an extra sense of glamor to the day.

Take the time to research what’s on offer in the area, and find transport that matches your wedding theme, if you have one. There are plenty of group transportation services to choose from. From buses and trains to stretched limos, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a suitable service. Look for a company that allows you to decorate their vehicles to add a little extra glamor to them.

Pick perfect table decorations

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The tables are one of the main features at your reception, so the decorations need to be perfect. An excellent way to add glamor to your reception is by finding ways to give each table an elegant look. This is much easier than you would think, it’s just a case of being smart about what you decorate with.

Cheap, plastic items are a big no-no. Crystal items, pretty place mats, and lace are all ideal, as are candles, flowers, and a few sprinkles of rose petals. High-quality linen tablecloths are also a great idea, as these give the tables a fancier look.

Get the lighting spot on

Lighting has a big impact on the look and feel of a space. Bright overhead lighting instantly takes away the feeling of sophistication and elegance, so this is a big no-no. Instead, it’s best to opt for lighting that gives the space a soft glow. This makes it feel warmer and more intimate, as well as helping to add elegance.

For this, chandelier-style lighting is perfect. As are candles dotted around, both tea lights and larger candles. Fairy lights can also be a great touch to add, as long as they’re a minimalistic design. Getting your lighting right doesn’t have to be hard, it may just be a case of finding out from your venue what you can and can’t do.

Serve sophisticated drinks

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Last but not least, serve a selection of sophisticated drinks. How glamorous a celebration is, doesn’t just rely on the decor and setting, but also on what is served at it. A reception that has vintage-style cocktails and glasses of champagne being served will instantly have an elegant vibe to it. There’s plenty of inspiration online for elegant drinks, so have a browse and see what you find. You could also ask your barman to recommend some to try, to ensure that you have a good selection on offer.

There you have it, all the best ways to add glamor to your big day. Happy planning!

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What Should the Ideal Wedding Reception Have?

For many people, their wedding day is all about having fun with friends and family members. Sure, the ceremony is important, but the reception is where the fun really happen. So, what should the ideal wedding reception have? Read on to find out.

An Organized Schedule

There is nothing worse for wedding reception guests than a disorganized schedule. People hate being left waiting around with nothing to do for too long. You should prepare a timeline for the day, meaning that the whole day should be planned out in advance. It will help to keep everyone happy and stop them from losing interest in the event. So, open the doors to the reception early and get the party started without hesitation.

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Something Spectacular

If you really want your wedding reception to stand out and be remembered for years to come, you need to do something spectacular. This could mean many things. You could, for example, stage a big dance event for your first dance. This is something many couples choose to do. Alternatively, you could stage a firework display outside when the evening is drawing to a close. A company like Allspark Fireworks could help you with this.

The Right Music

It’s not really a wedding reception without the right music. This is something that the happy couple will prepare a long time in advance. They will decide what the first song they dance to will be, and they will probably prepare a whole playlist. On the other hand, they might prefer to hire a DJ and leave most of the decisions up to them. Another option is to hire a live band that the couple both already know and like.

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Party Games

Many wedding receptions don’t have games going on, so they’re not absolutely vital. But they can offer a little added fun and activity to the reception. It might even be enough to make your reception one of the most memorable that the guests have ever attended. The games should be kept simple and fun for everyone. It’s not about competing so much as having fun and creating the right atmosphere.

Good Lighting

Speaking of atmosphere, lighting is vital is vital to creating the right atmosphere at your wedding reception. You can’t create a fun and positive atmosphere without giving some thought to how you are going to light the room where the reception takes place. If you want to focus on partying and dancing, the lighting should be dim with some added touches, such as a disco ball or strobe lights.

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Alternative Food and Drink Ideas

Food and drinks are always provided at a wedding reception. That doesn’t mean that the food and drink is always that great at wedding receptions though. You should do something a little out of the ordinary when you are making food and drink arrangements. For example, you could run a mini wine tasting stand at the reception. Or you could hold the event outdoors and hire a food truck for the day.

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