Home' Wedding Guide : 2009-10 Contents 14 WEDDINGS ON THE SOUTH COAST
Whether it's a grandiose church wedding, a romantic garden wedding, or a
sunset beach wedding, selecting the perfect ceremony and reception venue
can be the toughest decision you'll have to make.
Among the things that deserve to be on top of your priority list
is the wedding reception and ceremony venue for the special
event. Since the wedding reception and ceremony venue
may eat up a huge amount of planning and preparation time,
you should know every detail that concerns them.
Make sure that the ceremony location is available for use on
your wedding date. It would be ideal to find one that's located
at a prominent place, like in a business district, near a histori-
cal landmark, or within a famous tourist get-away. Not only will
it ensure a favourable setting, your guests will also appreciate
celebrating with the newly-weds without having to lose their
way. Moreover, check if the place is allowed by the law to
hold rites like a civil wedding. Approach the manager or the
owner of the establishment to inquire about this concern.
Other aspects like the capacity of the reception venue, park-
ing spaces and toilet facilities must be cleared with the man-
agement so you can accommodate your personal needs as
well as your guests. But of course, before you set the date,
remember to negotiate about the price. If you can, try to fix a
final figure with the manager. Inquire about a price package. It
also won't hurt to ask for a discount. Remember that every
cent truly counts, especially if you have other things to think
about such as the wedding gown, catering, as well as the
If the reception venue is located in a remote, secluded place,
anticipate that not everyone may want to drive home late at
night. Hence, ask the management if they have enough
rooms to accommodate some of your guests who may
decide to stay over. Make an early arrangement for rooms
where you and your spouse will sleep and a specific area
where the gifts may be placed safely. These should all be
taken care of to avoid last-minute concerns.
Of course, the wedding won't be complete without preparing
the meal for your guests. As such, ask if the reception venue
offers catering services. Better yet, request a sample of their
menus. Discuss with the person in charge of the catering
services about the final list of menus to be served on the
wedding day. Clarify with the management if they allow liquor
to be served, and if they do, until what time.
In order for your wedding to be successful, you need to be
personally in-charge even with a wedding planner by your
side. You and your partner must agree on all the details to
make this special event a dream wedding. A venue with a
Public Address (PA) system is ideal for tearful speeches from
well-wishers on your wedding day. Make sure that the recep-
tion venue also has an indoor facility should your open-space
garden ceremony be threatened by a heavy downpour.
Visit the place and ask the manager to give you a tour. Be on
the lookout for any place of scenic interest within the venue.
Not only will these provide good photo opportunities for you
and your guests, these scenic views may also inspire the
mood and setting of the celebration. The manager can also
recommend a good musician or a DJ who knows the recep-
tion location acoustics.
Wedding reception venues are only one part of a hectic
preparation. But in making sure you've got even a slight detail
covered, things will surely be taken care of, from the setting,
seating arrangement, to food service. However, don't expect
everything to go according to plan.What's important is that
you made your fantasy wedding turn into reality.
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