Consider these three things when choosing your wedding venue:
What type of place are you looking for? Do you picture yourself getting married outdoors or inside? Ask you self these questions to automatically narrow your search. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of getting married on the water – you know you can focus on locations in Annapolis, St. Michaels, or other towns around Maryland that are known for their waterfront vistas.
Also consider the location of your wedding based on its proximity to your home or where most of your guests live. If you want to keep it simple for yourself and those attending, choose a location that is closer.
Making sure that your venue can accommodate all the guests that you want to invite is a necessity. If you’ve got dreams of a large event on a grand scale, you’ll need to find a place that can seat all those people. Conversely, if you want a more intimate ceremony and reception, renting out a large space wont provide the right atmosphere.
Consider what you’ll absolutely need for the wedding you envision, and find out if the venues that you prefer offer these items or if you’ll need to rent them separately. Bringing in a tent, tables, chairs, etc. could be a budget buster if you’re not prepared in advance. Does your venue work with a caterer that can cover all your guests’ dietary needs? Can you host both your ceremony and reception there? Do they allow outside vendors or only those on an approved list? These are questions you should ask so that you can plan appropriately.
Additionally, if you are getting married at a hotel, B&B, or other place that provides accommodations, find out how many rooms are available and offer them to your wedding party first. What a comfort after a long day of celebrating to not have to travel to another location for a good night’s rest.
Wedding411 The Magazine has a handy chart in every issue that spells out all of these details for many ceremony and reception locations. Take a look at our digital magazine to find your answers at a glance!