Things To Do When Choosing Your Dream Wedding Venue

We know what it is like; when it comes to your wedding there are more decisions to make than you can ever possibly comprehend. That’s why prioritizing your list is so important. Knowing what matters most on your big day is the only way you will be able to make sense of the endless options you’re staring at, but nothing is more important than your wedding venue.

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This is one of the most important decisions you and your husband to be will make. This is because choosing where you will get married is a massive deal; it is what sets the tone of your day and is the superglue that will hold so much of your wedding together, and so much of planning will hang in the balance until you finally decide.

As such, we have come up with a few things to make a note of when it comes to choosing your venue. Enjoy.

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Know The Budget

You and your partner need to be open, honest and committed to how much of your total budget you are willing to spend on getting the venue of your dreams. Is it going to be 25% of the budget? Or maybe half? This can be tricky, so make sure you know what you are getting with that money. Think about capacity, location, and how much bang they offer you for your buck.

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Number Of Guests

You don’t need to have a fixed number. You don’t need to say, we are having 112 adults and 14 children. That’s because this number will change; it’s part and parcel of the guest list game. However, you should have a rough idea of how many people you want to join in with your celebrations. By knowing this, your vendors will be able to tell you how much they’ll charge, meaning you’ll know how much you have to spend, and what sort of wedding you’ll have; big or small.

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Tour With The Photographer

This is often the most stressful and most fun part of the venue hunt, but to lean more toward the fun side of things we recommend is you take your chosen photographer along with you, if you can that is. Your photographs are going to be your reminder of that big day for years, so you’ll want to get this right. If you know you want to have the wedding in Lake Como, and you know you want to use Vittore Buzzi, then take them to the venue and let them help you decide what will look best. This will help this go smoother on the day and let them plan their shots a little more in advance.

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Know Your Theme

Knowing what theme you want to run with on your big day will have a big sway over what venue you choose because certain style will complement certain venues more than others. Your wedding venue is going to be a huge party of love story you tell, so decide whether you want it to be inside or outside, formal or casual, country chic or black-tie. Your wedding planner and photographer will be able to help you understand how to best interpret this and bring it to life when it matters.

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Find Your Perfect Paradise For A Stunning Wedding

The proposal finally arrived and you have been busy showing off the most incredible finger candy.  It’s real.  You are going to marry the person of your dreams and they are as in love as you are!

Different people have varying ideas on the ideal wedding.  For some, nipping off to Las Vegas or Gretna Green to make their vows away from any family politics, is an absolute dream.  Then heading home to spend all the wedding budget on the ultimate party.  For others you may be bound by a military wedding, although uber glamourous there are so many etiquettes to adhere too.  Perhaps you imagine yourself on the beach of a desert island with just a couple of your nearest and dearest.

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Firstly you both need to establish what your vision is.  If one of you doesn’t have a strong view then it could be easier.  You will need to take into consideration family, some members won’t be able to take long journeys or travel on a plane, which could mean missing out on your special day.  However with new technology there are loads of ways to live stream a wedding abroad, back to the ones who couldn’t make it.

If you decide on a wedding in a different country, make sure you understand any laws around the ceremony.  Some countries will grant you a licence but your wedding has no legality back in the UK or USA, so get a real understanding of what you need to do, to ensure your vows are legal! Or you could get a bit of a shock in a few years.  It’s also important to get to know the city or surrounding areas so you understand what is available for your guests.  

It will save you money if you are using wedding photographers who are in the country already, in fact you will get far more local knowledge meaning some really special images which will make the most out of the surrounding scenery and light balance.  You also need to get to know your caterers so it is ideal, depending on the kind of wedding you are looking for, to travel well ahead of your event, sit down and talk in person to anyone supplying a service to your wedding.

The most important piece of advice you can take is to remember that this day is about you and your beloved.  Of course family matter and friends will all really want to support you, witnessing you make your vows, but today is a day you are going to remember for the rest of your lives.  Don’t make it about others, impressing your guests or keeping a difficult aunty entertained.  Once all the planning is over it should just be two people, sharing their love and having fun.  So forget the crazy table plans, ditch the last minute problems and take control of your ceremony!

Then, the only thing you have to worry about is the weather.  We are afraid there isn’t much you can do about that, just make sure you are prepared for anything, which is a wonderful rule to run through married life!

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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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Choosing A Wedding Venue: Your Ultimate Guide

The biggest day of your life could also be the biggest disappointment of your life, if you don’t act smartly.

Planning a wedding is made up of a ton of different decisions, but here, we’re going to focus solely on venue. It’s the space where the magic will happen, but if you don’t select the right building, your occasion could slip away into mediocrity.

So, don’t let it! Below, you’ll find plenty of short, digestible tips that you may not have considered. Just remember that, ultimately, the choice is yours. Letting people sway you one way or another is just as bad as choosing a poor venue yourself.

Consider an off-season wedding

The cost of a venue in mid-March will be a lot lower than the end of July. Certain times of year are busier than others, and that means prices are higher. If possible, choose a less popular slot so you can keep costs down.

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Visit the venue beforehand

Pictures are fine, but you never really know what you have until you take a look in person. Perhaps the room is colder than you’d like, or it looked bigger in the pictures. Either way, have a thorough inspection before slapping down the cash.

Try the food beforehand

Whichever wedding catering provider you opt for, make it a priority to test the food before the big day. Some companies will even come to your house for this. It’s important to ensure the food is to your liking; after all, this is your special day.

Factor in extra fees

Some venues charge you to keep the bar open past 11pm, while others charge for music past midnight. Make sure you ask all the right questions when you’re viewing, especially in regards to hidden costs.

Choose a venue with plenty of transport links

A barn in the middle of nowhere may provide a ton of stylistic appeal, but how much will a taxi cost for your guests? Are there any buses? It’s safe to assume that alcohol will be involved in your wedding, so make sure people can get about without driving themselves.

Negotiate cost deductions

If the venue offers a photo booth in the price and you don’t want one, ask if you can deduct it from your bill. Enquire about any deductible chunks of the package that you may not want or need.

Pick a memorable location

Perhaps it was the place where you first met, or it’s the place where you were proposed to. Maybe it’s the place you spent your first holiday together, or where your grandparents were wed. Choosing a sentimental place makes the wedding feel more personal, and about you!

Try and get sole use of the venue

Otherwise, there’ll be two or three parties going on at once, in different parts of the building. Besides being confusing for the guests, this creates more noise than you’d like.

Don’t book the first venue you see

It may seem great, but there could be an even better one around the corner. Instead, take plenty of pictures and notes from your favourite places, so you can make some comparisons.

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The Role And Responsibilities Of The Best Man

We bet you stumbled onto our friendly little section of the web because you’re eager to learn more about weddings. That might be because you’re planning on getting married yourself. Or, it could be because you’ve been named as a key person in a wedding that you’re attending. Best man, perhaps. So, now you want to learn about all the roles and responsibilities of the best man. Well, you’ve come to right place. We’ll make sure that you are the perfect right-hand man for the groom. Here are some of your biggest responsibilities.

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Finding And Choosing The Right Rings

Don’t be surprised if you’re dragged ring shopping long before the actual wedding. Yes, if you’re chosen as best man early enough, you may well be brought into the decision of buying an engagement ring. Remember, the engagement ring is the first important choice of the wedding. It’s what determines whether or not there’s even a wedding for you to be a best man at. When picking the ring, make sure the future groom looks at unique engagement rings. Anything that stands out in the right way is worth considering.

Of course, your role isn’t over with the rings once he pops the question. It’s likely that it will be your job to keep the wedding bands safe and sound. You have to make sure that you don’t lose them before the event. This has been turned into a comical event in many Hollywood films. Trust us though, if you lose the rings, no one will be laughing.

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The Bachelor Party

One of the best parts of being a best man is that you get to plan the bachelor party. You get to decide what you do, when to have it and how to get the groom there. It’s up to you to make it a surprise, have a quiet evening or throw a wild party. Already, we bet you’ve got some ideas about what you could arrange. But be careful because you don’t want to put the groom in any awkward positions. For instance, he might have told you that he and his partner agreed no strippers before the wedding. You shouldn’t arrange one anyway.

The Best Man Speech

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The least fun part of being the best man? That’s got to be writing the best man speech. Best men always have difficulty getting the speech right. It’s got to be funny but not embarrassing. It should remember the past but not forget to look towards the future. Most importantly of all, it should be heartfelt. If you’re struggling to right, the speech think about what makes them a good couple. That should set you off on the right track.

Cold Feet

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Finally, cold feet aren’t uncommon for the groom up to the day of the wedding. It will be your job to make sure that the nerves are calmed. That’s all they are, just last minute panics. You shouldn’t take it as a sign that they should not get married. Unless, serious mistakes have been made.

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