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How to Choose a Great Wedding Site - Helpful Hints

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You can get married anywhere from a formal Cathedral to a sandy beach or your parents back yard. Where you conduct your wedding is one of the most important decisions you first will make as a couple and can set the tone of the whole wedding day.

From casual beachy weddings to formal weddings there is a lot to plan for and consider in making your choice for a wedding and reception location. Many of the inns and chapels that are on this directory take all the worry out of your special day by taking care of all the details so that you and your intended can focus on each other.

Here are some helpful hints.

  1. The first thing that will determine the location is the number of guests you are inviting. A very small wedding party can happen anywhere. The larger the wedding party the fewer locations will work, however you still have a lot of choices from formal to beachy casual.
  2. If you plan your wedding day for a Saturday, you need to plan way ahead as that is the most popular day and hardest to reserve. Sites for days other than Saturday may be more available.
  3. You should plan your location on sentiment and on convenience for family travel.
  4. If you have a large wedding, are there enough accommodations in the area for out-of-town guests?
  5. Is the site big enough for what your are planning, not just for the crowd, but other facilities too. You don't want people spread out in separate little spaces either. Like all the men being in the bar with the sports channel on while the women are out by the dance floor.
  6. If an outdoor wedding is in your plans, make a plan B for incremental weather.
  7. Consider where everyone will park. You may need to hire a shuttle.
  8. If you would like to have your reception in an unusual place, keep in mind that the more creative the space, the more details you will have to work out yourself. More traditional and established reception facilities have more services that can be taken care of by others.
  9. If you wish to marry and have the reception in a private home or location budget and plan carefully because you will have to rent stuff; ie, tables, chairs etc. Plan for bathroom facilities. Can the home accommodate all those guests?
  10. Think compatible decor. Does the facility fit your style and desired overall look of your wedding. Be sure to look at places at the same time of day as your event. Rooms or views look very different at certain times of day. For instance. Don't plan your logistics in the morning when the sun is one direction and end up with an evening event where the sun is in your guests eyes and they can't see the bride and groom.
  11. Check to see if you need permits and fire department inspections for tents. Some municipalities require these before the event.
  12. Make sure you have enough electricity to accommodation lighting a tent, plugging in the live band or music, running the coffee pot.
  13. If this wedding is at a home, make sure there is parking. Find out if you need permits from the city or county, inform your neighbors.
  14. Storage may be important in a private home. If need be, where is the table, chairs and tent going to be stored.
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