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Choosing a Wedding Venue

Planning your wedding can be both exciting and daunting. With so many decisions to make, some people turn to the services of a professional wedding planner - but if you don't have the budget or just prefer to be in the thick of it all, you can take on the task yourself.

Choosing the right venue for your wedding and reception may include some of the following:

  • Accommodations for your out-of-town guests. If you have a lot of guests that require overnight lodging, negotiate a group rate with the hotel. Desire a more intimate setting? Consider bed & breakfast inns, secluded resorts, cottages, or retreats as options.

    Ask if the accommodation can provide you with rates on any special wedding packages that may be available. Many will be happy to work with you to customize your package, which could include catering, florists, limousine, and perhaps even a romantic & decadent breakfast. Get details on everything that is included in the package so that you can plan for any additional expenses that may be needed.

    If you would prefer to use your own caterer, florist, or photographer, ask the hotel if that is an option. Some require that you choose from their list of approved vendors.

  • Transportation. Does the venue provide some form of transportation to take out-of-town wedding guests to the hotel, or can they help to arrange good rates for car rentals? Can it help you to arrange transportation for your guests if you would like to have photographs taken in a location that's off the hotel grounds?

  • Planning a menu. Some hotels have on-site chefs and catering facilities and welcome the opportunity to help you plan that perfect menu. If they do not, ask around for recommendations.

  • Arrangements for children and pets. If many of your guests will be bringing their children, you may wish to choose a hotel or wedding venue that has offers good rates for those with little ones. Most hotels welcome children, and often will not charge for children under a certain age who are sharing a room with their parents. Some also have special menus or rates for children dining in the on-site restaurant.

    Some hotels are also pet-friendly, for guests who do not wish to leave their pets behind. Be sure to ask for details about their pet policy and inquire whether pet-sitting is available.

The choice of a wedding venue is time well-spent since it will be a lasting part of your memories.

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