How to Pick the Perfect Venue for your Wedding Day
Selecting the perfect venue for your wedding reception is one of the most critical decisions you will make during your wedding planning process.
The venue for your wedding sets the tone for every other aspect of your special day. Finding the right venue starts with discovering who you are at that moment and finding a place that is a reflection of who you and your fiancée are as a union.Some receptions are held in the same location as the ceremony while others are held in separate locations, no matter what your plan is, keep the following tips in mind:Wedding BudgetThe first thing you want to take into consideration is your budget. Obviously planning a wedding for 250 guests and having a reception in a Country Club will be more costly than a wedding for 70 guests and a garden brunch reception. Before you go out searching for venues, you need to know how much of your budget can be allotted to paying for the venue. Start EarlyYou should begin your search for your venue at least one year in advance of the wedding date. This will allow plenty of time to get all of the other aspects of planning in place and deal with any conflicts or difficulties that may arise during your planning process.Budgeting TipsConsider renting a venue during off-peak season. This may save you some money due to the lull in demand that happens during the off-season. If they have their own bar, you can have an open bar but cap it at a set dollar amount.Being flexible about the date, day of the week and the time of day will allow you to choose other times that might be off peak and possibly less expensive. Your wedding day is your day and no one else’s, take the time to seek out a venue that allows you to create your vision that also stays within your budget guidelines.
Christine Bobadilla is a professional catering director. She has over 20 years experience in the food and beverage industry and has coordinated over 300 country club weddings at Friendly Hills Country Club. Please visit Christine’s blog for more information about country club weddings.