Monday, June 25, 2012

The Perfect Place

Hope eveyone had a fabulous weekend! We had a wonderful time celebrating a close friends birthday in Healdsburg, CA. After spending time in one of the most beautiful wedding spots in the world, I thought it would be appropriate to write a post on wedding locations. If you are getting married next summer, I'm sure your search has begun and I hope this post will help you!

One of the hardest parts of planning a wedding is finding the perfect location. Some people have picked out that "perfect" place sense they were little, some have an idea...beach? mountains? and some have NO idea. It's very common for people to say, "I want a vineyard, but there too expensive" or "I want an outside venue, but it might be too cool." It's always tricky. Here are tips to help you pick the perfect venue. From my personal experience there are always going to be pros and cons, the perfect place will have lots of pros and you'll know it when you see may even get a special tingly feeling all over :)

Step 1: Make a list of what you want out of your venue, including:
  • Do you want it outside or inside? Do you want the ceremony inside, but the reception outside?
    • Tip: Depending on where you're getting married be careful with an ALL outside venue. Nothing is worst than planning your special day and having no alternatives if mother nature decides to do it's thing. It's one thing for just the ceremony - I took the risk of getting married in Northern California on the beach, but it was definitely a little stressful until the day of.
  • What is your budget? What are your priorities? Food and drink? Live band?
    • Tip: Depending on what your budget is, you probably aren't going to get eveything you want. What makes weddings so fun and special is that they are so different and the best weddings truly show the couples personality. Concentrate on what means the most to you and make sure your budget reflects this.
  • Day? Time? Season?
    • Tip: These are some of the biggest questions. Do you want an early summer wedding or a late summer wedding? What flowers will be in bloom? If you are getting married in wine country what will the grapes look like. How long will the days be and what time will the sun set? These are all very important questions to think about when choosing a venue. Saturday weddings are the most popular, but if you want to spend extra time with your guests and you have a lot of out of town guests, maybe a Sunday wedding is better. Friday weddings can be a little difficult for guests traveling who work, but it also makes for a longer weekend weekend with your family and friends.
  • Ceremony and reception together? Separate?
    • Tip: It's very common these days for ceremonies and receptions to be in the same place, but this isn't always the case. It's something to think about when you are planning.
This is just a list to help you get started... If you're thinking about wine country here are a few pictures from the weekend to inspire you!

Cheers, MM

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