Where are you going to say I do is sometimes the first question that comes to mind. But along with that question comes a list of considerations.
Budget. Of course, this is a primary concern. Some wedding venues will charge for a number of hours of use. Additional facilities and requests will also cost you. For those looking for affordable wedding venues, check out restaurants near your area or condo clubhouses. For university alumni, you may get discounted rates if you get married inside your alma mater’s designated events places.
Venue attachment. Some couples already have their dream wedding venue even before engagement. Prioritize this preferred venue during the preparation stage. Some also prefer venues near their place of residence or hometown.
Consider unconventional venues. For the first few months, you can let your creativity help you choose a venue. Parks, gardens and even bed and breakfast places that are special for the two of you may be turned into a wedding venue. If you have a place in mind, ask where you can send a request or who to talk to. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the first person to get married at that spot!
Wedding reception and ceremony. At the same time, decide if you want to have your wedding ceremony at a separate location and your reception in another place. Most church weddings have this arrangement wherein the couple chooses a church and a reception venue in the same city/town. Some outdoor weddings, on the other hand, take advantage of the venues, garden for their ceremony and proceed to the covered halls or pavilions for the reception. For a destination wedding, include accommodation too in your consideration.
Terms and conditions. Don’t forget to thoroughly browse/ask for the terms and conditions when you start looking around for venues. Take note of payment terms, and reservation rules and conditions. You may also seek advice from your wedding planner or those who have dealt with the venue management.
Wedding theme. Your wedding venue will be a huge factor in making sure that you’re staying true to your chosen wedding style/theme. Each wedding style comes with its own suggested venue architecture and ambiance.
Accessibility. Consider how easy it will be for your guests to reach the venue. Make sure there are landmarks they can take note of, the roads are well-paved and there are parking and good amenities like bathrooms.
Guests. Make sure the venue can offer comfort and ease to your guests. If there are children and elderly, check the venue for safety. Book a venue that can accommodate the group of guests you’ll invite.
Your wedding date. The Philippines has few months of the dry season (March-May) and the rest of the months are either rainy or cloudy with some hopes of sunshine. A beach wedding is ideal during the summer months while an indoor venue will be a good choice during the wet season.
Reviews/ recommendations. Plenty of information is now within your reach. For a list of your preferred venues, check the opinions of your friends and even people online who have been there. Even websites like Bridal Pod can help you with deciding where to hold your nuptials.
For images reference;
One Quirky Filipiniana Resort Wedding by Rock Paper Scissors Photography
Blog Featured image by Nathan Dumlao, LA, USA