1. How many guests do you want, and how mobile are they?
Do you want a small or huge wedding? The answer might determine your location; yes, the day is about you, but it's about your guests, too. For instance, if you have several older relatives, can they make it to your beach wedding safely? Keep in mind that you can't please everyone, but you should think about making one or two compromises if it means the ones you love will be there.
2. Do you desire to have a religious ceremony?
In 2007, 53 percent of couples wed in a church. Some things to think about include:
- If you're having a traditional religious ceremony, you might have to have it in a place of worship; make sure you ask up front. If you do, reserve the date at your place of worship before booking your reception location. Additionally, some religious institutions disapprove of intricate decorations or flowers and skin-baring dresses. Be sure to get info about these details.
- If you and your groom-to-be have different religious beliefs, think about having the ceremony at a neutral place such as a reception hall. Speak with both of your families early on about your choice.
- If organized religion isn't a factor in your lives but you want to include spiritual aspects, consider having the ceremony in a natural setting like at a beach or park (make sure to ask about any permits).
3. How much work will you or do you want to undertake?
Depending on the settings, you might have to do some heavy lifting. Before committing to this, consider the pros and cons of these locations:
- Unique location:If you're trying to have your big day in a 'picturesque barn,' for instance, you have to think about who's going to clear out the hay, bring in tables, move the cows to the pasture, etc. You also have to think about Mother Nature. If you plan to have an outdoor ceremony or reception, you need a backup plan for inclement weather which make twice as much work.
- Reception hall: The location generally has a 'one-size-fits-all feel,' but the staff is more than likely prepared to handle the dirty work for you- this may include post-party cleanup.
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