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09 June 2014

Wedding Venue Checklist

Wedding Venue ChecklistWhen you are planning a wedding it may well seem that you think of nothing else morning, noon and night. So when it comes to picking your venue you may feel more than adequately prepared to make sure your chosen site meets your requirements. However, with so much going on, it's not difficult to overlook something, which is why a checklist is a great idea.

Before you book

You may have always dreamed of holding your wedding at a certain location, but there are a few things that you will have to think about before making the booking, such as:

  • Access for the elderly and disabled
  • Sufficient parking spaces for your planned number of guests
  • Is it suitable all year round?
  • Are there adequate facilities, e.g. the number of cloakrooms?
  • Is there room for the bride to arrive in the chosen method of transport?
  • Does it offer enough accommodation for those that are staying the night and if not, are there other places nearby?

These are just some of the basics that need to be in place for a feel-good wedding, but there are plenty of other questions to ask the manager of your venue before you book. Things you might want to check may include whether there are any other parties booked on the same day, what decorations you are permitted to bring in and what the equipment will be provided for the price you pay.

After you have decided

But even once you have made your decision about where to hold your wedding, there's still plenty to do. Yes, you guessed it; another checklist to make sure you don't miss anything will help you stay organised. How much your venue is supplying and what changes you are allowed to make will determine how much you have to do. But the following things are worth considering: Getting a map of the venue and directions, so you can send it out with invitations Obtaining telephone numbers and details of local services, such as taxis, train times and other accommodation for your guests Check out the venue to see if there are any particular elements you want included in your wedding photos; a particularly ornate period feature or a beautiful lake in the grounds may catch your eye Creating a 'children's area' at your reception. Weddings are long days for children and some cheap and cheerful entertainment such as colouring books might help amuse them Finding out where you can discreetly stash the thank you presents for other members of the wedding party, so they don't see them before they are presented With so much focus on the bigger elements such as the decorations, adult entertainment and food it can be easy to overlook some of the smaller details. But by keeping a note of any little extras you want to make the day go smoother, you will be guaranteeing that you and your guests will have the time of your life.

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