One of the first and most important decision a couple needs to make for their wedding is the Venue !
Lets get started on making this decision a stress – free one.
There are 4 main parameters you need to consider and decide before you go on a venue hunt –
1. Outdoor-indoor/ Theme –
Deciding on whether you want a garden wedding or a temple wedding, a big hall wedding or a beach wedding is a crucial first step. Discuss with your partner and your family and set the basic tone of the wedding. For theme based help check our previous post – Easy – Wedding Themes!
2. Budget –
Now that we have a rough idea of what kind of look we are going for we should allot a budget for it and stick to it. Reality is that any budget wedding can be amazing and unique with a lil bit of a creative effort :). So keep in mind the maximum amount you wish to spend before you start the hunt.
3. Number of guests –
Halls come in all sizes … Are you having an intimate family wedding or a lavish party with everyone you know and love ? You need to have a ballpark idea of how many people will come to the wedding!
4. Logistics –
It all boils down to location location and location !!! Do you have it in your home town, or the city you currently live in, should it be a destination wedding, where do the bulk of your guests reside? All these are important parameters to consider before narrowing down on the location !
With all these parameters in mind – contact your wedding planner/ or justdial (yellow pages) and check out at least 10-15 locations which fit in your expectations and areavailable on your wedding date ! This step is best done 6-8 months prior to the wedding/ or immediately after having a confirmed date !
For example –
Assume these are your parameters –
1. Indoor wedding; 2. x budget; 3. 400 guests; 4. Location – Mumbai
Contact your planner/ justdial and find indoor venues in Mumbai with hall capacity of 400 people.
Visit the places and make notes and take pictures.
Compare and make a chart of things you like and don’t like about each location and this will lead to your optimum location 🙂
Minor things to check out while visiting the venues – Car park, Lighting, what does the cost include and what is in your scope, if possible make a second visit while another wedding is going on and ventilation/ cooling.
Once you are clear about the 4 parameters, this is a fairly simple process and shouldn’t take more than a few days .. so another stressful thing made easy!