A wedding usually has a ceremony followed by a reception where food and drinks are served. If you’re planning to have a wedding the biggest decision to make is to select the wedding reception venue. Below are listed some of the questions you may ask yourself to decide which venue to select. You can search online to decide what types of venues are available.
Is the ceremony and reception on the same day? It is a good idea to use the same venue for both as this will definitely save you money. Many venues have the flexibility and space to arrange the wedding according to your requirements. For example you could have a ceremony in the gardens and use the ballroom for the wedding reception venue. It depends on your preference and on the weather. So if you’re having an outside ceremony and reception do keep an eye on the forecast for that day.
Does your wedding have a theme? There are many venues to choose from if you have a theme for your wedding. You could have a sunset wedding or a wedding in an old castle or villa. Or if you want a modern wedding choose a banquet hall which offers all the facilities. You will have to customize your menu and decorations according to your theme but this is not difficult if you choose a venue accordingly.
How many guests do you want to invite? Once you have sorted out your guest list you will know how many total guests you are inviting. The venues you decide will depend greatly on this as some venues are meant for a more intimate reception whereas others can host a large number of people. Wedding reception venues have different capacities for their inside seating and outdoor seating so you should plan accordingly.
What facilities are you looking for? Are you planning to have your own catering or use the venue’s facilities. Some venues are flexible with their menus and you can even customize according to your theme or requirements. What about the music? Do you want to hire a band for your reception or you just want to use the music arrangements that the venue provides. You also need to think about the floral arrangements and other decorations when deciding on a wedding reception venue. Does the venue have facilities for a dress rehearsal and are the changing rooms for the bride and groom adequate? Is the wedding cake included in the package?
How much are you willing to spend? Once you have answered all the above questions you will have an idea of what are the costs involved. A good idea is to use the packages provided by the wedding reception venue and customize them accordingly. Many wedding reception venues are flexible in this regard and even help you with the planning. With all the costs listed you make a realistic budget easily. It is better to manage in this way rather than have an unrealistic budget in your mind and trying to squeeze in all the costs.