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MAKE SURE YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE 5 TIPS BEFORE PICKING A WEDDING VENUE

June 25, 2017
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When it comes to wedding planning, choosing a venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make. After all, the space you choose will set the tone for the entire event. This is why many couples struggle to get past this big hurdle in the planning process. To ensure smooth sailing once you start shopping around for the location of your dreams, here are five things you should have decided before you hit the road to view potential venues: 

KNOW WHETHER YOU’LL BE INVOLVING A PLANNER
Decide whether you are going to manage the event planning yourself or include a specialist to plan your day before you start looking at venues. Some wedding planners have agreements with certain venues, which could result in a little bit of a discount, which is always welcome. Additionally, if a planner has experience with setting up and tailoring a certain space, they could help you to streamline your entire planning process even further. Going DIY? Not a problem! It’s just best to involve a potential planner from the get-go rather than to add them to the process later. 

HAVE YOUR GUEST LIST IN ORDER
Well, as ordered as you can get it. The most important thing you need to know is the minimum number of guests who will be attending. It’s actually much easier to add guests to your event, than having to negotiate a reduced rate with the venue owner when it turns out quite a few can’t make it. 

BE SURE ABOUT YOUR APPROACH TO THE DATE
Why we say your approach to the date, rather than the date itself, is because being flexible about it is also an option. Certain couples are set on a specific date, be it because of family or work obligations, or due to sentimental reasons (i.e. the day they met; a grandparent’s birthday, etc.). If this is the case, you need to immediately cross venues off your list that don’t have it available. If you have a little more room to manoeuvre, on the other hand, you can choose to save some money by choosing a weekday in low season for instance.

LOOK BEYOND THE VENUE WEBSITE
The pictures on wedding venue websites are taken from the best possible angle. See if you can find ‘real’ photographs of the space on wedding photographers’ blogs. It will give you a better idea of how it looks without the use of a wide-angle lens and professional lighting. 

KNOW WHO HAS THE FINAL SAY
Couple dynamics differ. Some brides are happy to take a backseat while the groom weights the pros and cons of each venue, others are not willing to budge on their vision for their big day. Some couples are in a 50/50 partnership where these things are concerned. Discuss what will happen when one partner falls head over heels in love with a venue and the other one is not as impressed. If you have a game plan for this eventuality, it’s less likely to become a cause of disagreement in the leadup to your wedding. leadup to your wedding. 
Bearing these five things in mind when you start looking at wedding venues is sure to streamline the process substantially. Keep an eye on the blog as we give more wedding tips and inspiration in coming weeks and months.

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FREE WEDDING GUIDE 
At Date Night Ideas, our crew of hopeless romantics get collectively weak at the knees when you mention the word ‘wedding’. After all, is there anything more gloriously romantic than a special occasion where two people vow to have each other’s backs for the rest of their lives? From rustic barn weddings and swanky shindigs in top-dollar hotels, to beachside bashes and destination occasions, weddings come in many shapes and sizes. In this year’s DNI Wedding Edition, we share some of our favourite venues, service providers and offer a bit of helpful advice in the lead-up to the big day. hotels, to beachside bashes and destination occasions, weddings come in many shapes and sizes. In this year’s DNI Wedding Edition, we share some of our favourite venues, service providers and offer a bit of helpful advice in the lead-up to the big day. get collectively weak at the knees when you mention the word ‘wedding’. After all, is there anything more gloriously romantic than a special occasion where two people vow to have each other’s backs for the rest of their lives? From rustic barn weddings and swanky shindigs in top-dollar hotels, to beachside bashes and destination occasions, weddings come in many shapes and sizes. In this year’s DNI Wedding Edition, we share some of our favourite venues, service providers and offer a bit of helpful advice in the lead-up to the big day. 


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