The third character in your wedding story

The third character in your wedding story

Choosing the wedding venue is one of the first and biggest decisions you will make as an engaged couple.

Finding the perfect Venue
It will play a huge role in shaping the ambiance of the day, your budget, the decorations, and even what you wear, so it’s important to have a clear vision of what you want to achieve.

First and foremost sit down with your partner and decide on your budget. Determining how much you can afford will help you avoid the heartache of falling in love with a place that’s well out of your price range. As a general guide the venue costs should ideally be no more than 50% of your total spend. Estimate guest numbers, as most venues will have a minimum figure, and remember to aim lower in your numbers as it is easier to add places than take them away.

Then decide on a date, but be prepared to be flexible if need be as dates can book up quickly at popular venues. Ask for date availability before going to see places in person. If you can be flexible with your date and choose an offseason month, or a week day, you might be able to secure the venue of your dreams at a better price.

As a general guide the venue costs should ideally be no more than 50% of your total spend. Estimate guest numbers, as most venues will have a minimum figure, and remember to aim lower in your numbers as it is easier to add places than take them away.

That done, now for the exciting part, matching a venue with your vision. This element can indeed be anything you want. An all-inclusive ballroom or hotel is the perfect backdrop for a classic fairy tale wedding. If you’re a traditionalist looking for something a little different, consider a castle, or a historic country house or estate.

Which will have the ornate details you crave with a little more character. A venue with an abundance of natural landscape, such as a golf or spa club will have the sweeping views,

providing a stunning backdrop while reducing how much you’ll need to spend on décor details. Some couples are even embracing non-traditional and eclectic venues, such as zoos, and aquariums.

Shortlist 3 or 4 venues that fit your budget and style; then write down the pros and cons of each one. Taking photos of each one will also help you come up with the winner. After all that, remember your date isn’t officially reserved until you sign your contract and, in most cases, pay the deposit.

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