Choosing the Right Venue for Your Special Day
A certain amount of creativity is involved when making a wedding day special and memorable. Whether it’s creativity in color schemes, food choices, seasonal choices, or size, there are so many ways to make your special day unique to your tastes and style.
When planning a wedding, it’s essential to make a decision about location/venue before all else, since it will influence all the other decisions (i.e., guest list, time of day, seating, color options, decorations). Here are some ideas for unique venues that will keep you and your guests talking for many years to come.
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There’s No Place Like Home
Dorothy had it right as she clicked her red heels together while saying, “There’s no place like home.” Home is cozy. It’s comfortable. A home is already filled with fond memories and beckons to be filled with more. Adding wedding memories to your home will only add to the sentimentality you already have for this property.
A perk of a home wedding is that you can adapt your current decor into your wedding theme. If enhancements or additions are necessary, you won’t be throwing away money but only increasing the value of your home. If improvements are needed, keep track of expenses and updates. You’ll be glad you had these on hand for an appraiser in the event you want to sell.
The great outdoors offers the best scenery a bride could hope for. Imagine how picturesque it would be to say vows as the sun is setting upon a peaceful lake or the crashing waves of an ocean. To have guest tables and chairs set among the trees. A dance floor set up where a nice spring breeze can cool you down as you boogie into the night.
The most important thing here is to consider the time of year. Avoiding extreme or wet weather is key. You’ll also want to make sure you have ways to warm or cool off your guests if the weather is too cool or hot. They will appreciate the fresh air and open spaces, and you‘ll have the perfect backdrop for your memories.
A place that is part of your love story makes for a perfect venue. A favorite restaurant, the place where you first met, or the location of an unforgettable vacation can make for a wonderful story to share with your guests on your special day. Some of these types of venues may have limited date availability or occupancy restrictions. With these types of venues, you’ll have to plan well in advance, get creative with seating, and plan around existing furniture and decor.
A Wedding Under the Stars
If you want a wedding under the stars, you should consider a planetarium wedding at your nearest science center. You can plan everything perfectly, but you can’t predict the weather. To safeguard against a rainy or overcast day but still get a taste of the infinite greatness that is space, take the event indoors and still have the ambiance you desire.
You won’t need to spend much money on decorations because, well, outer space will be right at your fingertips. This venue option may come at more of a price, but it’s likely that they will be able to provide you not only the space but also, with the help of a venue coordinator, the event planning needs you will require (i.e., space prep and cleaning, tables, chairs, lighting).
Your wedding is a one-day event that you will spend a lifetime revisiting in your memories. It’s worth making every last detail special, unique, and true to your love story. Start planning by choosing a venue that makes you joyful. Whether you’re at your home, outdoors, or at a fun indoor location, choose a place that will make you smile every time you think about it.
Amanda Henderson is a mom to two wonderful, active boys and a preschool teacher. Her hope is that she can combine the knowledge and experience from both to educate others and keep our kiddos safe.