You’ve picked a date
You’ve looked at how to budget for the big event
Where will this party happen?
Are you religious, or have family members that are? This could play a part in deciding on having your ceremony in a separate location - ie. a Church.
There are sometimes time restrictions with having a ceremony in a Church, so consider this and speak with your parish or priest about the details.
Do you want an outdoor location for your ceremony? If you want something in a park or field - there are still things to consider like; permits, someone to marry you, toilets, parking, just to name a few...
Think about what time of day you might want your reception to happen. Will it be a party that goes into the wee hours, or perhaps a casual brunch/lunch or cocktail vibe. Once you have considered the atmosphere you would like it will help narrow down a more specific look, vibe or atmosphere you will be looking for. For example if you are thinking a more intimate brunch for your nearest and dearest - a restaurant might be the perfect fit. Or perhaps the look and atmosphere is something you really want to create for your guests - so a gallery or event space is more up your alley.
Will you need accommodations for people that are traveling to get to you? If its a more remote location, you might want to consider how many people will want to stay the night somewhere vs. driving home the same day/night. This doesn’t really factor in if you are choosing a resort style venue - as rooms should be readily available to you and your guests for the date of your event!
There are certainly a lot of Venues that will offer both a place for the ceremony and the reception, which might make things easier! These are also typically the venues that will also include all kinds of things like rentals, linens, staffing, a complete bar and caterer etc. All really good considerations, as you will most likely end up spending more if you have to book all these separate pieces individually and have to organize it all to happen for one day!
1. Pick your location
2. Make an accurate guess of your guest list
3. Decide Sit-down or Cocktail/Party Reception
4. Narrow down your Venue choices by size - now that you have a guest list
5. Choose 3 Venues you like and go visit them!
6. Ask Questions! What do they include? What’s already on-site? Do they have examples of the set-up you would be having?
7. Be ready to decide quickly!
Once you have your Venue location and the date confirmed - you can start narrowing down all the other details that follow! Are you getting excited yet?