The Ceremony – Some couples get married in a church and then use their chosen venue for their reception. Others prefer the wedding ceremony and reception both at the same place. If you are planning to hold your wedding ceremony as well as your reception at the same place you should choose a venue licensed for civil marriage ceremonies (England and Wales). By having both the ceremony and reception in the same place, the time and effort involved for you and your guests in traveling from church to venue will be reduced greatly.
Selecting your wedding theme or style will impact on the flowers, bridesmaid dresses and cake. One of the simplest wedding themes to plan is one that is based on just a colour scheme, for instance midnight blue or vivid pink. Seasonal themes are often incorporated into weddings, providing a cohesive aspect to the wedding without it being overwhelming, like winter wonderland or a rich autumnal colour scheme, Christmas and even Halloween. You might wish to go for a theme that is based on your hobbies and interests, movie star glamour, casinos or sailing. Cultural or historically inspired themes are wonderful, Asian, Medieval or Nineteen Twenties.
Your backyard – When you decide to have a private and small wedding, a backyard wedding is at the top of the list. The savings will include wedding venue expenses and also food and beverages. Your backyard would already offer beautiful and natural floral arrangements. All you need to add is a bit of party decor to make it even more beautiful. Your choice of food could be from catering; or you could mix it up and do a wedding barbeque or even a tea party! Of course, having your wedding in your backyard may involve a lot of work. However, with careful planning and a bit of creativity, you can turn your backyard into the fairytale wedding of your dream. It is definitely well worth the effort.
Venue size – The number of guests you are expecting for your wedding will be a deciding factor when selecting your venue. You will obviously require a larger venue if you intend to invite a lot of guests. With many country venues a Marquee is possible in the grounds to accommodate larger weddings. If you are going to have a smaller more intimate wedding with only a few guests some venues have specific rooms for this purpose after all, you and your guests don't want to be 'rattling' around.
When you visit a wedding venue, don't just turn up unannounced, not only may there be a wedding or another function already on, but the staff won't be prepared to show you around properly. Telephone them first, make a proper appointment for one of their staff to meet you, they can then show you around the venue, answer all the questions you have and discuss your wedding plans. They will also be able to tell you whether or not the wedding venue is available for your chosen wedding date.
Food and Drink – The Catering is a very important factor of any wedding. You need to select a menu taking into consideration your budget, but also what most of your guests would like to eat rather than chancing anything too spicy or too rare. Check if the venue has in-house catering or if they use recommended caterers and can supply you with a list of companies to contact. Many venues offer combined food and drink packages to suit different budgets, offering the best value for money.
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