Create A Budget
Select A Venue
While looking for a venue, be sure to make a list of all of your favorites. Regardless of cost, restrictions or location. Then, once you have created your list, go through a process of elimination and remove any that won’t work for you and your spouse based on the factors you have set out.
During the elimination process it’s helpful to think about whether you want a large wedding or small wedding as well as the type of food and music you will be hosting.
For a large wedding party, consider renting a venue that has space for everyone. This will help ensure that no one gets left out.
While choosing, keep in mind the kind of music you'd like played at the reception. If you're having a DJ, ask them what kind of equipment they use and whether they offer any special services.
If you have gotten down to the last two venues and you're having trouble deciding between the two potential venues, consider what features are the most important to you:
- Do you need a venue that will accommodate large groups or do you prefer intimate settings?
- Are you interested in a formal or casual atmosphere?
- Is there something else you'd like to incorporate into your wedding?
These questions will help you narrow down your options.
Decide on a Theme
Choosing a venue is the hard part of the process but choosing a theme is one of the funnest and most memorable parts! (besides the wedding day of course)
While planning your wedding be sure to choose a theme for your reception based on what kind of atmosphere you want to create. Such as, if you're planning a formal affair, you might opt for a classic black-and-white color scheme. However, if you'd prefer something more casual, you might go with a bright color palette.
For instance for a summer wedding you might consider using colors that are warm and bright such as peach, yellows or tan colors.
Either way, there are many factors that contribute to the theme of your wedding. Some questions to consider are:
- What season is the wedding taking place?
- Where is the wedding taking place? Is it indoors or outdoors?
- Is it a destination wedding?
- What are you and your loved one passionate about? Is it music, movies, traveling, etc?
- Are you into a rustic feel or modern feel?
These questions will help you decide the colors, decorations and much more!
Whether your reception is indoors or outdoors, you'll need to make sure everything is set up properly before guests arrive. To begin, start by thinking about the decorations you want to put up to match the theme you have selected.
Here's a checklist of things to consider when choosing your decorations:
- Choose a color scheme that matches your wedding theme
- Create a list of decoration “must haves”
- Create a mood board using images of weddings you've attended or magazines featuring beautiful receptions.
- Look at photos of other people's weddings to see what works well for them
- Think of the type of flowers you would like
- Choose decorations based off of the theme you selected
One of the most important elements of the wedding decorations are flowers. They add a beautiful touch to any table setting and will last throughout the entire party. Just be sure to select flowers that match your color palette and theme.
Some other great ideas for wedding decorations include candles, stringed lights (for indoor or outdoor venues), tablecloths, chandeliers and marquee signs.
Another great decoration idea to consider is a Wedding Welcome Sign. A “Welcome To” wedding sign is perfect for welcoming guests to the wedding ceremony and wedding reception as they feature the names of the couple and their wedding date!