Thinking of choosing a wedding venue, these 3 Things are what to Consider when it comes to wedding location….
How many guests do you want, and how mobile are they? Is your dream wedding small or a large affair involving millions of guests? Your answer to this may determine the location. Why? Even though the day is about you, it’s also about your guests. If your closest friends all have toddlers, is it fair to request their presence at a beach wedding in South Africa, all because you want a destination wedding? If relatives are elderly, would you expect them to make it safely to the location? You won’t be able to please everyone, but consider making a compromise or two if it means your loved ones will be able to attend.
Do you want a religious ceremony? Here are a few things to note when planning a religious ceremony:
A traditional religious ceremony may have to be held in a place of worship, so be sure to ask before time. In that case, book the date at your place of worship before you book your reception location and venue. Also, some religious establishments frown upon elaborate decorations or flowers as well as skin-baring dresses, so ensure to ask about these details, no matter how minute you think they are.
If you and your fiancé have different religious beliefs, consider having the ceremony at a neutral location, like a reception hall. Have a discussion early enough with both families about your decisions.
If organized religion does not play a role in your lives but you want to incorporate a spiritual element, consider hosting the ceremony in a natural setting, such as a beach or a park. Outdoor weddings are becoming a thing in Naija, you know…
How much work are you willing―or do you want―to take on?
Depending on the location, you may have to do some heavy lifting. Before you commit to an “I do”-it-yourself location, weigh the pros and cons of these settings:
A unique location: You may have your heart set on a big wedding-day party on a field. But who’s going to clear out the field, haul in the tables, set up the speakers, arrange for canopies. There’s also Mother Nature to keep in mind. If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony or reception, you’ll need a backup plan in case of rain. If you use a reception hall, the establishment usually has a one-size-fits-all feel. The staff is probably well equipped to take care of the dirty work for you. Which is very important, that means there is efficient after party cleanup.