Out of the many things that need to be done when planning a wedding, choosing a location is one that should be put towards the top of the “to do” list. Once you have the location picked, the rest of the planning on seating arrangements, decorations, picture taking, and other logistics can easily be organized. Here are some ways to assist you in deciding upon that perfect wedding location.
1) Decide on the Type of Wedding you Want
Before you can begin deciding on the wedding location, you need to decide on what type of wedding you want. Do you want a private ceremony with few close friends and family members, or do you want a large wedding with all your friends and family? You also need to decide if you want a religious ceremony that may require a church and other pre-wedding preparations.
2) Consider the Size of your Wedding
The size of your wedding party and the number of guests you will be inviting will determine the type of location that you need for your wedding. It’s essential that there is enough room for all your invited guests to sit comfortably and participate in the wedding festivities.
You may also want to consider at this time if you will be having an adult only party, or will be allowing your guests to bring children. If children will be invited, you may not choose a place that has a pool right outside of the reception area, for example.
3) Setting Up of Ceremony and Reception
The setting up and decorating of your wedding and reception area needs to be considered. Many places will offer the decorating services and table set ups; however, many do not. This is where you need to decide if you want to hire a wedding planner to take care of everything for you, ask for friend and family volunteers to assist, or find a location that has its own wedding decoration services.
4) Wedding Ceremony and Reception
Before you settle on a location, you may also consider if you want to have one location for your wedding ceremony and reception. This often makes it easy on your guests, especially those visiting from out of town and who may not know their way around the area too well. Most hotels offer this service, and it also makes a great way for out-of-town guests to have a place to stay and attend the wedding at the same time.
5) Reserving the Location
As soon as you decide on the details of your wedding, you want to reserve the location immediately. Many places are constantly busy with different events, so you want to ensure that you reserve your location as soon as you decide on the perfect place for your wedding. It is also wise to have backup locations in mind, just in case.
Planning a wedding can be very eventful, but with the right planning and vision in mind, you can make it a fun time instead of a stressful one. Remember, you can’t make everyone happy; all you can do is your best. Choosing the location that is the most comfortable for you and your guests, as well as what you envisioned your wedding to be, is the most important.