One of the most common mistakes that engaged couples make is choosing the right wedding venue location. This decision, along with selecting a quality wedding officiant, will possibly be the most important factor in determining the success of your wedding day. It is imperative when choosing your venue you ask for REFERENCES. Don’t be embarrassed to request several names and contact phone numbers from couples who’ve used the facility previously.

Don’t go strictly on price. The most expensive location is not always the best. Ask to tour the facility paying special attention to the cleanliness and upkeep. Check the restroom facilities making sure everything seems to be clean. Take notice as to how the representative treats you after you have called back a few times to ask additional questions. This will give you an idea of how you might be treated AFTER you sign the contract. You may also want to talk to wedding officiants who have performed ceremonies at the venue and obtain their personal feedback.

Possibly the most important tip that can either make or break a wedding day is one which seems to be the most often overlooked. If you plan for an outdoor wedding you had better have a back-up plan. Ask the representative what the facility does in case of rain or adverse weather conditions. Is there an inside room or hall into which the ceremony can quickly be moved to? This is an absolute must if missed it could end up ruining the most important day of your lives!

The final step is really very simple but one which cannot be overlooked. When you find the location that you really feel strongly about go ahead and choose a date/time and book it! So often brides shop for venues endlessly and then when they are ready to make the committment it is already taken.

When you find the location that suits you – reserve immediately. Especially if you are getting married on the most popular days of Saturday-Sunday or months of May-June or September-October. Plan, question, investigate, and celebrate our special day!

Have a wonder-filled Wedding Day

Rev. Rudy Heezen

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