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HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING VENUE

Updated: Aug 17, 2019

To choose a wedding venue and location is one the first steps on your planning journey. I hope that the tips in this article will help you on this journey.

1.THINK FIRST ABOUT WHAT TYPE OF PLACES YOU LIKE. Do you love to be outside in the greenery? Is #beach your favourite place? Would you like something really different to everybody else? Do you prefer cold weather to a hot climate? Do you prefer rustic or luxury? What budget do you have? Are your families willing to travel to attend a destination wedding? Will your #wedding be big or small?

Answering these questions will help you to determine the location. When organising weddings in Spain I realised that there is as many different types of venues as peoples tastes.

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2. CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING LOCATION

Your wedding can be held anywhere—either partner’s hometown, the city where you currently live, a favourite vacation spot, even a destination that you’ve always wanted to visit. There are certain benefits to hosting a hometown #wedding but #destination weddings certainly have their perks and advantages. For example, organising a wedding in Spain can be cheaper than organising it in your own country. Also, the weather in destination like Spain is very much in favour for a destination wedding. You’ll want to select the general location where your event will take place first and foremost, as this decision will affect all the other details of your big day, from your budget to your venue options.

3. FIND OUT YOUR BUDGET

When it comes to how to choose a wedding venue, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is how much you can spend on a space. And it turns out that your venue and catering will compromise about half of your #wedding budget. If you decide for a wedding in Spain, an average Spanish venue in Southern Spain can cost you around 3500 euro for 40 people. This amount would include 4 course menus, ceremony set up and venue rent. In Ireland or England, the cost for the same amount of people would be double. How much you’ll spend on your venue really depends on where you’re planning on marrying—renting a venue in a major city will likely cost more than one in a more rural area. Talk to your partner and any loved ones who may be contributing financially to your big day and come up with a total budget—then divide that number by half to determine the amount you can spend on your venue and catering. Your #weddingplanner can also help.

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4. DECIDE WHO YOU WOULD LIKE TO INVITE TO YOUR WEDDING AND FIND OUT IF THEY CAN ATTEND

Every wedding venue in Spain and everywhere else has a capacity and on the other hand also a minimum amount of people they accept. This number is usually not flexible, so while you don’t need to come up with an exact number of guests before selecting a venue, you’ll need to have a pretty good estimate. There’s a pretty big difference between a venue that can accommodate 75 guests, and one that can hold 500. Don’t just pull a guest count out of thin air Sit down with your partner and come up with a list so there won’t be any major surprises later on. Once you have a list that you agree on check with your wedding planner in Spain if it’s going to work out with the budget you have. The next step is to find out how many people of the list can attend a destination wedding.

5. CHOOSE THE DATE FOR YOUR WEDDING

I help many couple that I work with to choose the date or month of their wedding in Spain. If you decide for a destination wedding in Spain one thing that you have to be aware of is the weather. The main season for weddings in Spain is between April to October nevertheless if you choose to get married in Spain around winter time or even better Christmas time you won’t be disappointed. The most popular month for weddings in Spain is June and September. To get married in these 2 months might mean that the venue has a different condition. If you choose the months like April, October or beginning of May you might get much better deal. The accommodation and flights are also cheaper than during the summer months. You might worry what is the weather in this time of the year. There is 330 days of sun on Costa del Sol and even though it can rain it usually happens in the morning with the sun coming out again in the afternoon. In case it does rain on your wedding day the venue and your wedding planner in Spain always have an option to prepare for the ceremony inside. Some couples choose their anniversary as their wedding date, others use their favourite month of the year and some are just flexible and adjust to the circumstances.

6. CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING VENUE

If you decided for a destination wedding you might find it easier to contract a wedding planner. My next post will be about why to contract the wedding planner and what are the advantages. If you chose Spain as your wedding destination then contracting a wedding planner will help you to find the perfect venue. Make sure that you contract a planner which lives and works in the area where you want to get married because you need your wedding planner to know lots of suppliers. Working with a wedding planner in Spain will take away from you lots of headaches. She or He will be constantly in touch with you, reminding you little details that you could forget and suggesting you what kind of suppliers to hire. Also, she works as a mediator between you and the suppliers so instead of dealing with 10 people you just deal with one and she also speaks the language of the country which makes everything easier.

One of the most important parts of how to choose a wedding venue is actually visiting a few select locations in person. At these in-person visits, you’ll be able to tour the space and decide if it’s the right fit for your big day. Venues may look one way in photos, but entirely different in person so while visiting event spaces might cut into your schedule, they’re super important. You’ll also be able to meet with the venue coordinator, ask any additional questions, and see if you click with the staff.

While you and your partner might not agree on every aspect of your big day, you should both be happy with your choice of venue. If that means touring a few more venues to be sure you’ve found “the one,” do it.

7. SIGNING THE CONTRACT

When you and your partner have agreed on your desired venue, ask to receive a contract. While it can be really easy to breeze through a contract and just sign it without much thought, a venue contract is definitely worth a close read. Don’t be afraid to ask the venue coordinator about any portions of the contract that confuse you, and be sure you understand the payment schedule. When you feel comfortable with all aspects of your venue contract, sign it and return the paperwork to the venue. Once all this is done you can be sure that the wedding venue is booked for your special day. You’ve officially made what’s arguably one of the most important decisions you’ll make during your wedding-planning process—and that’s definitely worth celebrating.

If you have more question about how to choose your wedding venue and location in Spain don’t hesitate to contact me on mariefaganwedding@gmail.com www.facebook.com/weddinginspain www.instagram.com/mariefaganweddingsinspain www.mfweddingplanner.com

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