Planning a wedding is daunting to say the least. The best way to approach such a monumental task is to get the big stuff out of the way right up front.
There are things that can afford to be paid less attention; flowers are optional and some kind of edible refreshment can be procured almost anywhere. There are a very few things, however, that are absolutely necessary. Right at the top of the list is a venue for the ceremony and/or reception.
The first thing to consider when selecting a venue is size. Make sure the venue is an appropriate size for your guest list. Can it accommodate your whole family and your fiancé’s whole family as well? On the other end of the spectrum, is it too big? If you are only inviting immediate family and the church seats 500 people, it may feel overwhelming and empty.
The next thing to consider is the policies in place at the venue. Does the reception hall allow catering? Some reception venues will only allow specific caterers. Some venues will put limitations on your decorations. If you are interested in having alcohol served at your reception, check on that policy as well, as some venues prohibit alcohol. Go over the contract with a fine toothcomb to ensure you get what you want and what you are expecting.
Last, but not least there are many budgetary concerns that arise when finding a venue. Consider what the venue charges and what that includes. It may seem like an awesome deal if the hall only charges $50.00 for the rental fees. However, it is not such a great value if that doesn’t include chairs, tables, plates, silverware, glassware etc. Always look for the hidden costs; they are usually lurking in the fine print.