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Tips for Picking a Wedding Venue

Aug 17, 2007
Picking the perfect wedding venue is an important part of planning your wedding and one that should not be taken lightly. The venue of the wedding will be a large factor in determining your them and decorations and it should therefore be done carefully. Some things to consider when picking a wedding venue are list below

Trust
First and foremost you want to trust your instincts when picking a wedding venue. It pays to take time and visit as many different venues as possible. Check in your local phone book or on the web and create a list of potential candidates. Then make arrangements to visit the sites with your fiancée ahead of time. It can help to keep a list of the venues that you visit and jot down a few notes about each one. This will help jog your memory after you have visited 10 or 15 sites it can become difficult to remember each one.

While you are visiting the wedding venue make sure to just spend some time idling looking around. Don't be rushed by someone who is trying to show off the site. Rather take your time and absorb the surroundings. Imagine your wedding in your mind and see if it fits with the place. Most of all trust your instincts. You will know when you have found a good potential site it will just feel right.

Time
In picking a venue you will want to consider the time of the wedding. Certain venues naturally lend themselves to a certain time of the day and if your wedding does not fit then the site will not work for you. For example if you are planning on having an outdoor wedding in the evening it might not be wise to have it at wide open park. Rather a smaller garden venue might be more beneficial as heating lamps could easily be added or a tent to keep in some of the warmth. So think about the time that you will be holding the wedding as you visit the wedding venue. If it is possible a second visit to a select group of venues might be best made at the same time that the wedding will take place. This way you can get a better feel for the sights, sound and feel of the site.

Space
You want to carefully consider the amount of space avliable at the wedding venue. Is it large enough to hold your entire wedding party? Or if you are planning to have a smaller intimate wedding you do not want a site that is too large either. So planning ahead based on the size of your wedding you to make sure the size and space at the venue will enhance the wedding and not detract from it.

Restrictions
Check with the person giving you a tour of the site if there are any restrictions. Often there can be restrictions about the amount and type of wedding decorations that can be used and you will want to know this beforehand. Sometimes there can also be restrictions on noise and this is something you will want to know when making your plans. If you know what the restrictions are but really love the wedding venue it can be fairly easy to adapt the decorations and wedding plan to fit the venue and its restrictions. However you want to know this before hand and not last minute so it can be very helpful to ask early.

Parking
This is something to think about when you visit the venue. Is there enough parking space for everyone who is attending the wedding. Expecting guests to park far away and walk can really be a lot to ask. You want the event to be as easy as possible and ample parking can really help your guests feel welcomed. This is especially those guests that arrive fashionable late to the event.

By visiting potential wedding venue sites before hand you can really learn a lot and then make an informed decision based on your findings. The most important thing to consider is how you feel about the site. Again trust your instinct in this arena and make sure the site is something that speaks to you. It should be a lace that you can easily imagine yourself getting married at.
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Sam Smith is the webmaster ofPlan Best Wedding. A great resource for: wedding venue
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