Are you dreaming of a small, intimate wedding or a large, broadway-worthy production? If relatives are elderly, can they make their way safely to a beachfront ceremony? Your answers will help determine the best location.
You won't be able to please everyone, but consider making a concession or two if it means your loved ones will be able to attend.
Only approximately 30% of couples who wed in 2013 did so in an actual church. A traditional religious ceremony may have to be held in a place of worship, so be sure to ask upfront. You may need to book the date at your place of worship before booking your reception location. It's also good to keep in mind that some religious establishments frown upon elaborate decorations or flowers, as well as skin-bearing dresses, so inquiring about these details will assist you in planning.
When you and your fiance have different religious beliefs, consider having the ceremony at a neutral location, such as a reception hall. Talk early on with both families about any expectations & your final decisions.
If organized religion doesn't play a role in your lives but you'd like to incorporate a spiritual element, hosting the ceremony at a natural setting, like a park or beach, may be for you. Check with local township/city offices to see if permits are necessary at your ideal spot.
Before you commit to a "do-it-yourself" undertaking, be sure to weigh the pros & cons (including costs) that are involved for each venue & how much work you will need to do when the party's over. Depending on the venue, whether it's a reception hall or unique location, you may end up doing some heavy-lifting yourself.
You may have your heart set on a big wedding day hoedown in a picturesque barn, but who's going to clear out the hay, haul in the tables, set-up the Porta-Potty, arrange for lighting, and move Bessie out to the pasture? There's also Mother Nature to keep in mind. If your planning an outdoor ceremony and/or reception, you'll need a back-up plan in case it rains. Consider having tents, umbrellas, etc. available so your guests can retreat to a dry place out of the elements.
Your other choice is an establishment which usually has a one-size-fits-all feel that brides can transform to their hearts' desire. These establishments have staff that is well-equipped to do the dirty work for you, which includes the after party clean-up (all for a price, of course).