The Mindful Bride Wedding Planner Tips from MeetingPlannerOnline.com: Choosing the Venue

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"When planning the big day there are many things to consider when selecting a wedding venue," says Adrienne Smith of MeetingPlannerOnline.com

When having the ceremony and reception at the same location, it can offer some additional challenges but some fantastic savings and convenience for wedding guests.

Selecting the venue is a one of the biggest decisions for the wedding planner according to Adrienne Smith of MeetingPlannerOnline.com which finds wedding and reception venues for brides to be. It’s also a decision that needs to be made early in the process and sets the scene for many decisions thereafter. Knowing the atmosphere and backdrop that a bride wants is helpful before making appointments with potential vendors, especially if they are in a larger city where there are numerous options.

Of course, some brides have known for years where they want to marry and celebrate, but not every woman plans her wedding details from a little girl. So don’t be afraid seek out help from friends, family, and planners, but only the bride can envision the setting for her wedding.

If budget is a major issue scheduling an off season wedding during the winter can result in tremendous savings of rental and vendor fees. If a high end venue is out of the question receptions can be held in parks or other city sites for very low rates. Typically a city owned venue may rent for 80 to 90% less than a private venue. A private room in a restaurant could be free if food and drinks are purchased or may cost up to $500. Reception halls my rent for $300 to $3,000 or a venue at a high end hotel may rent for $2000 to $15,000.

The mood a bride wants at her wedding is very important. For example, old and romantic could mean a historic hotel or mansion. Contemporary and chic could mean an art museum or swanky hotel. Rustic or modern could be a renovated warehouse or lodge. Just as when agreeing to marry it is important to have the feeling of complete certainty when selecting a venue.

When having the ceremony and reception at the same location, it can offer some additional challenges but some fantastic savings and convenience for wedding guests. The brides and groom also need to be open to no break between the ceremony and reception.

Other factors to be considered are: can alcohol be brought in? What are the time limitations? Is selecting from a specific vendor list required? Most venues offer an extensive menu, but definitely review the menu before signing the contract. Also keep in mind that some vendors are more than willing to create something that’s not even on the menu to satisfy special requests. There are many things to consider when selecting a venue. The most important points to remember are to know what you require plan every detail and don’t be afraid to negotiate. Most venues are willing to be flexible in order to meet the needs of their customers and this will help ensure the most enjoyable experience possible.

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