There is always a feeling of excitement that comes attached when it comes to planning a wedding.
The prospect of meeting suppliers, deciding on each aspect of your wedding day and drafting a budget for the entire, albeit a little overwhelming, are all things that you will look forward to doing. Indeed, planning a wedding is peppered with making major decisions here and there, and while each wedding-related decision plays a role in crafting your big day, there are some choices that make a bigger impact than others. One of those is your wedding venue. The party space or wedding venue you book influences your wedding’s tone. For that reason, choosing it wisely is paramount.
To ensure you get top picks and a wealth of options, start your search early (at least a year before your scheduled wedding). Look for a location that suits your wedding style, the tone and one that fits your budget. Before you set your heart on venues such as the Shrine of Jesus or the like, ensure that it fits your budget as well. More importantly, look for venues that have wedding packages and go for one that includes catering in the Philippines. In any case, below are just some of the things you need to keep in mind and consider when choosing a wedding venue:
a.) Wedding Timeline
You want to make choosing a venue the first of your wedding planning moves and decisions. That said, you need to kick off your search earlier. However, it all boils down to your personal preference. If you are rather particular about where you wish to have your wedding reception, the earlier you are, the better. Keep in mind that great venues tend to get booked a year to eighteen months in advance. The sooner you get started, the more likely you are to get your first choice.
b.) Date Flexibility
Before picking out a venue, decide which comes first. What is more important to you? A significant date? Or a beautiful venue. It ultimately depends on which is more important to you—nabbing the venue of your dreams or getting married on a specific date of the year. Go venue shopping with at least two ranges of dates (ones that work and ones that do not) if your timeline takes precedence. However, if you are flexible with the dates, choose your venue first, and the date can follow based on its availability. Keep in mind that it is recommended to be flexible with dates as clients tend to limit their options drastically if they are set on a date.
Another important thing to consider is the location of your event. If an element of travel is built into your event, be aware of your venue’s accessibility, as this plays a role in your wedding’s overall success. Is your venue easily reached? Are the directions straightforward for out-of-town guests? These are the things you want to take note of. More importantly, if you are having the wedding ceremony in one place and the reception in another, you need to ensure that the transition from point A to point B is as seamless as possible. After all, if your guests get lost, you will likely have an empty cocktail hour.
Your budget should take precedence when it comes to choosing your wedding venue. Understandably, designating a specific portion of your budget for your venue is not always easy. However, the average couple tends to allocate around 10% to 15% of their budget for the venue. However, it can be as high as 20% or more if the venue already includes everything.
e.) Venue Packages
Look for venues that offer full wedding services such as catering, bar, staffing, decors, and the like. Keep in mind that there are sites that do not provide these and often result in a lower-cost package. However, venues that typically include everything are better as it reduces your need for other suppliers for the wedding. More importantly, venues that offer wedding packages tend to result in a cheaper event overall than having to source out different suppliers for everything else that you need. If your ven
ue package includes everything that you need, expect to put forward at least forty to fifty percent of your budget to cover all costs. Ensure you get the most bang for your buck by inquiring about food and beverage minimums, site fees, decors, and other components that go into the package. These are the things that could potentially play an important role in your venue selection process Read More