The ceremony- The Site (how to choose)
The wedding traditionally takes place at the bride’s
house or in the church. However, with changing times,
many couples tend to prefer alternative venues such
as one where they can accommodate all their guests comfortably,
where the mood and setting is unconventional or at a
place which holds fond memories for them. Deciding on
the marriage venue is a very important resolution since
the ceremonial place signifies and means a lot to both,
the couple as well as their families.
Couples from affluent families prefer to tie the knot
on their ancestral grounds. Other common wedding venues
include the church, marriage halls, restaurants, beach
side or a hill resort. A lot of thought goes into selecting
the site for the wedding, as relatives and friends of
both sides should be comfortable with the location.
There is plethora of choice today ranging from town
halls to distant beach side venues for hosting unique
weddings. Marriage organizers come up with exclusive
ideas for wedding venues. Since many couples want their
wedding venues to be ‘different’, it is
indeed a tough task to actually decide on a place. The
following checklist could be of use in helping you make
that vital decision.
What to look for
The distance of the venue from where a majority of
your guests stay plays a very significant role in
determining how many people would be attending your
wedding. If the venue were to be situated too far
away, the invitees would be a little reluctant to
attend the ceremony personally and instead might choose
to just parcel their gifts and wishes.
The size of the venue should be adequate enough to
accommodate all your guests without making it crowded.
The guest list should be determined before finalizing
the site. Take into account the capacity of the venue
after the furniture such as tables, chairs, pedestals,
band equipments and other such paraphernalia are placed.
It is a good idea to draw a map of the venue to get
a better idea of this. The ceremony will lose its
charm if guests do not have sufficient place to move
around and might also lead to a few departing early.
- Climate control:
It is very important that you take the climate into
consideration while choosing a site. In winters, heavy
snowing could block roads and hence checking a weather
forecast in the local area beforehand is advisable.
In case of a beach wedding, it is important to fix
the ceremony timings based on predictions of tide
and rain so as to not spoil the gathering.
Make sure the venue has a smoking zone; otherwise
smokers would keep stepping out of the ceremony every
fifteen to twenty minutes for a smoke. This can distract
the couples, attendants and the minister.
- Venue guidelines:
Certain venues have their own set of rules and regulations
that have to be followed. For instance, some sites
charge a cake-cutting fee while some others don’t.
It is significant that the cancellation policy is
known in case of an unavoidable postponement of the
wedding. Make sure that you communicate with the venue
management about the services they would be providing
such as caterers, decorations, barbeques and liquor
arrangement and if the costs are included in the price
you have negotiated. It is good to know in advance
if you have to arrange for these on your own.
Depending upon the exclusivity of a venue, amenities
and services offered, the cost of rentals and service
charges vary. There should be no ambiguity in the
matter of pricing and all communication with the venue
management should be in writing, to avoid unpleasant
surprises after the event.
Following the above can help you choose an apt venue
for smooth conduct of the function and to make it a
special fragment of the entire experience.