5 Critical Things to Consider When Choosing Where to Get Married
The love of your life has finally popped the question, put a ring on your finger, and you are probably asking yourself, now what? Now the fun begins! You get to try on stunning wedding dresses, pick out which lucky friends you want as your bridesmaids, and what your wedding colors will be! Before diving into those details, you will look into choosing a venue. Here are five critical things to consider when choosing where to get married!
Vision: Having a vision in mind for where you want to get married is critical. Are you picturing yourself getting married in front of an alpine lake with snow-covered mountains in the background, on a warm sunny beach of a tropical island, in a church you’ve attended since you were a child, or in a vineyard surrounded by rolling hills and greenery? Envisioning what you want as your ceremony backdrop may help you determine a general area for where you want to get married.
Guests: Think about your guests and if they have the means to travel to a different country or state for your destination wedding. Determining who the key people are who you want to include in your big day will help make this decision. Another important thing to factor in is if there are adequate lodging options in the area to accommodate your guests while they are visiting for your wedding.
Rules/regulations or property: Most trustworthy venues will have some rules for their property that are either defined by law or the site itself. For instance, you legally cannot serve or consume any hard alcohol on any winery property, so if an open bar is a must for you, it may be best to look for a different type of venue. Most venues have limitations for the event hours, which are often dictated by the county noise ordinance, so if it is important to you that the wedding goes into the wee hours of the night, make sure to double-check with the venue what is allowed in the area.
Cost: Having an idea for what your overall wedding budget is will help you to narrow down your venue search. Creating a budget with allocated money for each vendor and need will help you figure out how much you can spend on a venue. If you book a venue that is a big chunk of your budget, you will have trouble later staying within budget.
What’s included: Looking at the big picture of planning your wedding and allocating a budget, keep in mind that some venues include a lot more than others. These venues will likely be available for a higher cost since there are more included amenities. On-site amenities may consist of chairs for the ceremony, dining tables, bars, commercial kitchen, etc. While all venues will need chairs, tables, and other pieces, if the site includes these items, you will not need to pay to rent them.
We hope these tips help you as you begin your venue search!
About the author: Milestone Events Group is Northern California’s most experienced Wine Country Wedding Experts & largest event management company providing site selection services to multiple locations throughout Sonoma County. Over the past 6 years Milestone has helped hundreds of couples simplify the venue selection process by providing clarity, predictability and ultimately confidence for clients who work with them to evaluate wineries, ranches, and other locations for their private events.
After the venue selection process is complete, Milestone is also available to help produce events in a stress reduced and highly professional manner. www.MilestoneEventsGroup.com