How to Choose the perfect site for Your Wedding Story

When: six months to one year before (or as soon as possible)
Choosing a wedding site that is just right for you can be a lot of fun. If possible, both the bride and groom should attend all interviews.
Take with you a note pad and pen to write down important information and questions that may arise during your interview.
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Before you start looking, make a list of all the things you would like to have at your wedding site

Before you start looking, make a list of all the things you would like to have at your wedding site ( a piano, a winding staircase, a gazebo) as well as a list of places. In the end your final choice will be determined by your budget, your wedding theme, the atmosphere you want to create at your wedding, your interests, and your guests.
Location will be one of the most important aspects of your wedding so carefully decide what will make yours a special, one-of-a-kind wedding event.

There are many options including a do- it- yourself wedding

There are many options including a do- it- yourself wedding (with the help of family and friends )Here is a list of ideas for wedding sites to get you started.
  • A do- it- yourself wedding in a home,
  • Rent an auditorium, possibly at the college where you met
  • A public or private beach – you may need permit and or license
  • A full service Bed and Breakfast
  • A full service Country Club
  • A public or private garden.
  • A Gazebo makes a wonderful setting for a wedding ceremony
  • House of Worship
  • Mansions
  • Museums -some museums offer celebration rooms
  • Parks, Great for a do- it -yourself wedding
  • Ranch – Great for a designation wedding
  • Resorts- Again great for a designation wedding
  • Stadiums -Great for sport fans, plenty of room.
  • Yachts or Cruise Ships – Designation Wedding.
Choose the site that best meets you and your guests needs and budget but have an alternative site just in case.

Full Service Wedding Sites and Facilities

There are many facilities and Wedding sites that can take care of every little detail regarding your ceremony and reception. But even with this type of service you’ll still need to attend to your personal needs such as, attire, wedding accessories and wedding gifts for each other, family, and wedding attendants.

Sites available on a rental basis

There are many wedding sites that are available on a rental basis. Some provide only the space, while others may provide tables,chairs and possibly linens, tableware, flatware and glassware as well. Some of these sites may have a working relationship with selected caterers and may be able to recommend other wedding service providers and vendors.

Public Sites

Public parks, beaches and gardens make great wedding sites and are perfect for do it yourself weddings. They offer you the opportunity to express yourselves in an unconfined atmosphere. Most are free to use but you’ll need to do the majority of the planning and contracting. Your first step is to find if you need any permits and or licenses. If you do, obtain them.

Home Wedding

Many apartment complexes, condominums, mobil home parke and gated communities have club houses for their residents´ use. So whether you choose to have your wedding in a home or a club house, you’ll need to be in charge. Do recruit your family and friends and assign them appropriate tasks. Most will be honored to be asked and excited to be a contributing part of your wedding.

How to Find Wedding Sites:

Once you have chosen the type of wedding site you want for your wedding, do the following:

  • Ask your family, friends and acqaintances for recommendations
  • Attend bridal shows
  • Search the yellow pages under the appropriate category
  • Either call or visit the facility and request a brochure specific to weddings
  • Check the internet for local wedding sites and go to their websites. Bookmark or add to your favorite list (create a folder titled “Wedding Sites”) the websites that are agreeable.
    When calling or visiting a potential wedding site, ask yourself these questions, the answers will help you determine whether or not the site is right for you and your guests:

  • Were you greeted cordially?
  • Were you able to obtain the information you requested in a timely manner?
  • Were the people you spoke with helpful? Too helpful and eager?
  • Do you like the look and feel of the location?
  • Did they provide you with the information you are looking for?
  • Does it show or tell about unique one-of-a-kind weddings ?
  • Did you find a clearly posted name, address, phone and email contact?

What to Expect of the Representative of the Facility:

  • A name and contact number of each person you may be working with within the facility.
  • A brochure that explains what is offered and any exclusions, rules, regulations and options.
  • References
  • A tour of the facility so you may check their amenities.

Some questions you may want to ask about the facility:

*Not all questions will apply to all facilities, use your own good judgement as to what questions need to be asked.

  • Are there bathrooms on the premises?
  • Are there garbage recepticles on the premises?
  • Are there electric outlets on the premises?
  • What are the hours available for a wedding?
  • Is there a parking area close by?
  • How long have you been accomodating wedding parties ?
  • How many wedding clients have you served?
  • Do you have an in-house wedding coordinator?
  • Do you offer a bridal package?
  • What are your rates for the different packages and what are the options available?
  • Can you recommend wedding vendors and service providers your customers had a good experience with?
  • Do you offer any discounts?
  • What additional expenses may be charged?
  • Do you provide an insured and bonded babysitting service?
  • How much and by when will we need to put down the deposit?
  • What is the latest time frame for making changes?
  • Will you provide us with a written contract?
  • Does the contract include a 3 day cancellation clause?