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Four Things To Check Before Booking Your Wedding Venue
27.April 2013 By Melissa (Guest Post) Comments (0)

Now that you have found the ‘Who?,’ it’s time to answer the ‘Where?’. A great wedding is a part of every girl’s dream and where it takes place is an important element to it. There are many options available for couples and it is important to sit down with your fiancé to discuss what you both want and other important factors to make sure your wedding venue is both magical and practical.

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1. Location

Where your wedding reception will be in terms of distance and accessibility is an important consideration. If the wedding ceremony and reception is held at different locations, make sure that you and your guests are able to get from point A to point B comfortably. In this case, ‘comfortably’ means that the travel will quick and almost be unfelt by you and your guests. You should always make sure that when you arrive at the next venue, you still have enough energy to take pictures and party.

2. Capacity

Consider the number of people on your guest list before choosing a venue. Naturally, the more family and friends you have invited, the bigger dining area and dance floor that you need. Always ask for the maximum capacity of the venue and make sure that they match your guest list. This is one of the reasons why RSVP is important. Always allot a few extra seats for unannounced plus ones because one or a few would almost inevitably show up.

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3. Facilities

Do they have good sound equipment? Can their system support all the electronic tools that your decorator or your band will be using? These are just some of the questions that you need to ask when choosing a venue. You have to be aware of the specifications that other elements of your wedding will require and make sure your venue can support it. Otherwise, you may end up racking your budget up by having to rent or buy equipment or compromising details of your wedding that are important to you.

For outdoor venues, you will need to include the most basic things, like tables, chairs or toilets in your inquiry.

Always ask for other facilities in the venue that is included in what you have paid for. These facilities may serve as an added entertainment for your guests or you decorator can also use these facilities to enhance your wedding reception.

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4. Budget

One of the major factors that you have to consider in choosing your wedding reception venue is your budget. Be aware of what you can and you can’t afford. A place can be so magical yet too expensive that it compromises other elements of your wedding like your wardrobe, food or entertainment.

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Keep your options open to alternatives before you settle on one venue. This will give you the opportunity to evaluate if you have other options that are a better value to your money.

Consider these factors before signing a contract. Most of the time, having a good look around at a few places can save you money and effort in the long run.

About the author: Melissa Page is a professional writer who loves everything about weddings. She blogs for Music for Scotland Ltd, a premier live music agency who represents wedding bands in Scotland. When she’s not busy writing, she hangs out with her friends in a coffee shop. She also loves traveling, bowling, and books.



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