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A great deal of time and consideration goes into choosing wedding venues. If you select a wedding venue that you are not truly happy with, you could come to bitterly regret your decision. To avoid making a regretful choice, one of the best things to do is read up on finding venues. Let’s take a look at the best things to do when you at the stage of picking a wedding venue right now.

Select your venue wisely

Your choice in wedding venue has a pivotal role to play in determining the quality of your big day as a whole. Many people opt to marry in church or a register office and celebrate their nuptials elsewhere, whilst others keep the entire day’s events under one roof. Whatever you decide, it’s important to get a firm idea of what your budget is before you start shortlisting venues. By doing this, you can reduce the number of options available to you and start making more sense of them.

Think about practicality

Whatever you do, don’t simply choose a venue because of aesthetics alone. Many great-looking venues aren’t suitable for everyone’s requirements and may not have the facilities that you require. Perhaps you have stumbled across a small venue that you have fallen in love with but need to accommodate hundreds of people? If so, you may sadly need to look elsewhere. You will also usually need to book well in advance of your big day as the best venues’ diaries tend to fill up somewhat quickly. A large number of couples need to book at least 18 months to two years in advance in order to secure their perfect venue.

Draw up a shortlist

It’s a good idea to draw up a shortlist of around four or five different suitable venues before coming to your decision. Once you have reached this number, it’s likely that you will start to discover flaws with more than one venue on your shortlist, which will make coming to your final choice easier. You will need to find out about the catering options if you are looking for venues for your wedding meal. Are you allowed to use your own caterers, or are you happy with what the on-site catering team are offering? Will people with certain dietary requirements be catered for?

Accessing your venue

You should also ensure your location is relatively easy to reach. Many would-be guests have dropped out of attending weddings because the location was too remote, or because there was no accommodation available either on-site or near to the venue. Always advise any guests that need accommodation to book it well in advance to avoid missing out. Nobody likes being faced with a long drive after spending hours at a wedding.

Wedding entertainers

It’s also wise to think carefully about wedding entertainment. If you have a band or other performers in mind, will they be able to showcase their talents at the venue? Does the venue have an entertainments licence? Make sure you consult the venue’s owners or managers before you go ahead and book an entertainer. Many venue runners will help you find suitable evening entertainment if you do need a helping hand. You also need to ensure the venue will look great on your wedding photos and that photographers will have the access they need to meet your requirements.

Conclusion

Planning a wedding is never easy, but things become a whole lot clearer once you have a strong vision of how your big day will play out. By investing enough time in arranging your nuptials and picking the right venue, you can create a magical and unforgettable day.

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Not everybody has a five-figure sum to spend on their nuptials, so if you do have a wedding coming up but are on a tight budget, read on. Many couples across the world have been able to plan great weddings without spending extortionate sums of money, and there are many small savings that you can make that can come together to bring the final cost of your wedding down dramatically.

Get the guest list down

One commonly-chosen method of getting prices down is to only invite a select few friends and family members. Many weddings generate substantial sums because of dining guests, so consider saving money by inviting those outside of your immediate social circle to your evening celebrations only. You may be amazed to see how much you can save by holding a small intimate celebration. Some people even choose to hold a wedding party for guests that were unable to attend their big day a few weeks or months down the line so they don’t need to miss out on the celebrations completely.

Enlist the services of friends and family

Instead of asking for wedding gifts, why not think about asking for help with planning the wedding? It may well be possible to cut down costs by enlisting skilled amateur cake makers, photographers and more. Today, it’s possible to get married virtually anywhere. You could even hold your festivities at home if you wish and hold your post-wedding celebrations in the garden during the summer months. It could be wise to rent a large tent, gazebo or marquee just in case the weather puts a spanner in the works.

Food, drink and entertainment

Doing the catering yourself is another way to keep costs down, though this is normally more suitable for weddings with a smaller number of guests. You could even consult a small, family-owned local restaurant for help with catering. Having professional invitations produced for you can also be costly, but you can reduce the expense attached to invitations by using a quality printer at home. Costs for professional DJs can be reduced by asking guests if they have any requests in advance and adding their choices to a well-sequenced streaming playlist. You could even purchase your own alcohol if your venue allows this in order to avoid putting a sky-high sum behind the bar. You won’t usually be given this option at a hotel, but it is possible at many function rooms and halls.

Gowns and suits

You may also be able to save money by buying bridesmaid dresses “off-the-shelf” instead of having them custom-made. Many brides and brides-to-be have even found exquisite and elegant wedding dresses on the second-hand market or used ones previously worn by relatives. Renting suits or tuxedos can be more economical than buying brand new formal garments, and shopping around for beautiful wedding rings that don’t cost the earth can also help you reduce your outlay. Honeymoons don’t need to be expensive either, XXX Biographies state that over 80% of every British star that they’ve interviewed have taken a domestic honeymoon and were better off for the savings – some more lavish and pricey packages for overseas trips may seem tempting, but you may make valuable savings by heading somewhere local or postponing your honeymoon until your finances have improved. It’s also worth noting that it generally costs less to marry midweek rather than at the weekend. 

Can you make big savings?

Hopefully you can substantially cut the expense attached to your wedding by following all or at least some of the above steps. Many truly unforgettable and magical weddings have been planned with extremely modest budgets, so why not start brainstorming ideas for making your wedding fund go further today?

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Reasons to plan an overseas wedding

Planning a wedding abroad may seem like a logistical nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, countless couples throughout history have headed overseas to say their vows in sunnier climes. Evidently, there is a great deal of work to do if you are considering marrying abroad, but with careful planning, you can make sure the experience is all you’ve ever wished for and more. There are many great reasons for marrying abroad, including the scenery, the cuisine and the general excitement and spirit of adventure that comes with doing so.

Peace of mind

Perhaps some of your guests are expressing concern about the practicalities of heading overseas for your wedding? If so, there are many things that you can do to put their minds at rest, such as making sure your wedding venue is located near to the airport and choosing a destination that they can fly to directly. Your guests are far more likely to get on board with your idea if they only have to fly for a few hours and if the flights are affordable. If you have money to spare, you could offer to pay all or part of their flying expenses. You may need to be very selective when choosing guests to keep costs down if you are helping them with expenses.

Make sure your wedding is legal

You will need to make sure that your wedding is legally binding. You may only be able to marry in certain territories if you have been a resident there for some time. Furthermore, you will need to take documents relating to your identity and marital status with you. If it is not possible to marry in the destination of your choosing, you could have your legal ceremony back at home and receive a blessing abroad. Whatever you do, make sure you have done your homework to verify that you are legally permitted to get married in your chosen location.

Do you need a wedding planner?

If you do want to get married abroad but the planning is giving you a headache, you could enlist the services of a professional wedding planner to help you. This service rarely comes cheap, but can be the difference between your big day running smoothly and playing out in a catastrophic manner. It is extremely sensible to visit any venue you are thinking of marrying in beforehand to ensure it is suitable. This can mean taking a holiday a year or so in advance of the day itself to do your research and check out the venues on offer. Photographs can be deceptive, so it really is advisable to see the venue with your own eyes.

Keep your guests informed

Once you have booked your venue, you need send out your “save the dates” immediately so any guests who have accepted your invitation can start planning their journey and others can let you know they won’t be attending. You will need to provide your guests with far much more information than you would be were you marrying in your home country, so be prepared to discuss the situation with them at length. As there’s a big chance you won’t be able to speak to caterers and suchlike in person, make sure you choose suppliers with genuine, high-quality feedback online. You should also aim to travel at least a week in advance of your overseas wedding so you can address any last-minute problems and prepare sufficiently.

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It’s important to do your homework and invest a sufficient amount of time into finding the right wedding photographer. You only get one chance to get it right, and if you opt for a wedding photography service without an excellent reputation, you risk the chance of facing massive regret further down the line. You should never enlist the services of the cheapest photographer or photographers that you can find, but you don’t need to pay out eye-watering sums to get great results either. Read on to find out more about finding the right wedding photographer for your big day.

Recommendations and referrals

One way of finding the perfect wedding photography service is to ask around for recommendations. Many people recruit photographers after seeing the images they have captured at the weddings of their friends and family members. In any case, you should always take a good look at a photographer’s past work before you sign anything. Many couples have come to regret hastily heading into wedding photography contracts.

Styles of wedding photography

Do you have a particular photography style in mind? If so, make sure the photographer you are considering using has experience in this area. There are many popular wedding photography styles to choose from, including the documentary style, portraiture and even fine art options. More and more couples are opting for a fine-art offshoot style known as Edgy and Bold, which involves distinctive, unconventional frames and what are called Dutch angles. It’s also possible to opt for a mix of styles, with fusions of documentary and portraiture styles being popular. You may even wish to choose a mix of black-and-white and color shots.

Drawing up a shortlist

It’s extremely wise to interview each potential photographer on your shortlist so you can compare them and see which one you have the most rapport with. Rapport alone is not enough, but you are much more likely to get the images that you require if you feel comfortable with the photographer. You may wish to speak to as many as four or five photographers or even more before you come to a final informed decision. If you are planning a large wedding with hundreds of guests, it could be wise to enlist several photographers. Just make sure they are able to communicate with one another effectively and adhere to your chosen style. If they are from the same company, this will help.

Who owns the rights to the photographs?

Make sure you know who will own the rights to your photographs before you sign anything. Most photographers will insist ownership of the rights so they can use them for promotional purposes and can keep the digital proofs or negatives. If you’re sharing your photos on social media, you may be instructed to use watermarked images so the photographer is credited for their work.

Waiting for your photos

It’s also essential to find out how long the post-production process will take. It can take several weeks to get the results back, with photographers often taking around 40 hours editing images and having a backlog of shots from other weddings to get through. You should also ask how many images you will receive and what kind of retouching effects they will be using if any. Special effects may be available, so if you are interested in adding any stylistic retouches, make sure your photographers know about this. By selecting your wedding photographer wisely, you can obtain wedding photographs that you’ll be able to cherish forever, whether you’re opting for traditional, contemporary styles or a fusion of both.