There’s a good chance that you’ve had some ideas about your dream wedding since you were young. Maybe you cut out and saved images from your favorite magazines that displayed the perfect fairytale setting or exotic getaway, or perhaps you collected a few photos from your parents’ wedding day that you’d like to emulate. Whether that was the case or not, you know by now just how important your wedding venue is for the overall success of your big day.
However, since those early days of dreaming, your exact needs for your wedding venue may have changed since you started getting concrete details about the event. You don’t want to be stuck with a venue that’s too small, too large, or too out of the way for your guests to attend. Here are 3 questions from a trusted Orlando wedding planner to help you choose the perfect venue:
- How many guests are you expecting? Probably the most obvious question to answer when choosing your wedding venue is how many guests you’re expecting to attend. You wouldn’t rent out a large convention center for a party of 40, and you wouldn’t want to hold a wedding with 600 guests in your back yard. You may also want to consider how mobile your guests are–any older or disabled relatives may not be able to travel long distances. Be sure to send out your invitations early enough that you can get a definite headcount and go from there.
- How much work are you and your team willing to put in? Different venues come with different requirements and challenges. It’s up to you to determine how much work you’ll need to put in and whether or not you’ll require additional outside help. Generally speaking, unique or quirky locations–like barns, parks, or the beach–will demand a little extra elbow grease as you need to clear out the area and set up archways, chairs, and any decorations. Reception halls may be a little less flashy, but usually come with an experienced team that’s ready to take care of all the dirty work for you.
- Will your wedding be a religious ceremony? Usually, religious ceremonies are held in the appropriate establishment, whether that’s a church, a mosque, a temple, or so on. In that case, you’ll probably want to look for a venue for your reception, unless you plan on using the parish community center. If you and your spouse-to-be are of different faiths, you may want to select a neutral location to make sure all family members are happy and comfortable.
By planning ahead and asking the right questions, you can ensure that your special day goes off without a hitch and you’re left with nothing but a beautiful, stress-free ceremony. To learn more from an experienced Orlando wedding planner or to schedule your free consultation, call An Affair of Excellence at (407) 902-6657 today.