Getting the venue right is very important
Before you can plan the finer details such as invitations, you will need to choose a venue. The search for your venue should begin as soon as you've settled on a head count and as the place you'll spend most of the day, choosing your location will be one of the most important decisions you'll make.
One of the biggest concerns for couples when arranging their wedding is the cost, and the venue, plus all the subsequent charges, obviously eats up a large chunk of your budget.
Money saving tips when it comes to choosing the right venue includes finding a location that can hold both your ceremony and reception.
As well as avoiding an extra charge for the ceremony site, you can also save money on transport costs and hiring cars. Choose a fully equipped site, that is able to provide all seating, linen and crockery you require, and find out if you can save money by ordering the complete package (catering, cake, music and florist) at one venue.
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Thinking about the small details can result in large savings; having your reception in the garden can reduce the costs of flowers as Mother Nature provides them for you. The internet is a blessing when it comes to finding out about possible venues, but be sure to visit anywhere before booking; the website may look fantastic, but it could be very different in reality, so it's essential to have a look around.
Go prepared with paper and pen as well as a list of questions to ask the organisers and remember to look everywhere, including the toilets and kitchen, and make a note of the positioning and availability of electrical outlets with regards to where your DJ or band will go.
If you do find the perfect venue, but it's not quite big enough, or you've decided to hold the reception at your home or outdoors, a marquee is an option worth considering.
Particularly popular during the autumn months, as an event-saving device in the rain, marquees can cater for all sizes of weddings. They also give you the freedom to style your venue in a variety of decorations and themes.
With the wonderful mix of colours outside you might want to consider holding the ceremony in the grounds of a venue but it's wise to have marquees or an alternative space indoors in case the weather has other ideas.
Once you've made your choices, it's essential to get written confirmation of exactly what your quoted price covers. Then you can sit back and start planning all the aspects that will fill your chosen venues.