Selecting your venue should occur as early as possible, between ten and twelve months in advance. Criteria can include:

  • Proximity to the ceremony site
  • Available parking at the ceremony site
  • Number of guests (this will help you determine ceremony site)
  • Reception activities (historical homes may not allow high heels, dancing, or alcoholic beverages)
  • Technical and plumbing needs
  • Stairs (may be an obstacle for older guests)
  • Congestion from other concurrent weddings
  • Convenient sleeping accommodations
  • Shuttle service availability
  • Area ammenities near the hotel (such as covered bridges, gardens, shopping mall, etc.)
  • Available necessities (such a tables, chairs, linens, dishes, table decorations, waiters, alcohol, licenses, and permits).
There are many types of venues: hotels, inns, resorts,country clubs, farms, gardens, fraternal halls, churches, historic homes, wineries, taverns, restaurants, parks, art museums, public buildings, waterfronts, and your newly landscaped backyard. While hotels are more expensive, they include all the features which you would have to buy, haul, and install that a cheaper venue may not provide. Each venue offers different options; show your own requirements and do not make assumptions that they are the same.
 
Plan the perfect wedding which is perfect for you.