Choosing which venue or venues you'll want for your big wedding day can be a daunting task, to say the least. Where you'll be wed, is a reflection on you and you'll find that there will be many factors which go into your decision on where you'd like this once in a lifetime event to take place.
Depending on how you are planning your wedding, you may require one location for the entire day, or perhaps you'll go the more traditional route and be married at a church with an entirely separate space for your reception. Either way you cut it, this is a big decision for you and it's one you're not going to want to wait on. Wedding season each year is rather finite, and the hottest places always get booked well in advance. With that in mind, you can follow these helpful tips which you will hopefully find useful in your search for the perfect location in Raleigh for your to have your wedding and reception.
First things first... A question you'll want to ask before doing anything else: Do I want my ceremony at a church? If yes, then chances are very good that you're going to need to find a place for your reception as well as the ceremony itself. Commonly, engaged couples who are looking to have their wedding at a church will base their decision on a date off of the availability of their church of choice. So, once you have your church picked out and booked, you're going to want to find the perfect reception venue.
A few factors you will want to consider for your reception venue. First of which, is the size. You want to be sure they can comfortably accommodate the estimated number of guests you're anticipating. If their largest space available is right near your max, things could get crowded. You're going to want to balance having too much space (don't want to over pay or to have the reception to look excessively empty, after all) or too little space. The next thing you're going to want to consider is whether or not they can cater your event, as well as the food and associated cost. The director at each respective venue will be able to answer these questions easily, as well as be able to assist in deciding if they are within your price-range. Generally, most reception venues do provide the food as well, though once in a while you'll find a venue like a winery or even a farm that does not cater. In that case you're going to need to base your decisions around the added cost of bringing in another party, the caterer. But, caterers alone, are an entirely different subject!
Most couples provide some sort of drinks for their guests as well. Does your venue of choice have a liquor license? If not, you'll need to figure out what to do in that case. Generally, you'll find that most banquet hall type venues will be able to provide the bar for your guests if they provide food as well. This all in one type solution really makes matters much easier, and reduces the logistical load on planning your wedding day.
But, all this being said, do not be afraid to think outside the box! Some of the most romantic and unique weddings we've ever seen have been very nontraditional. A local winery can provide you with a very rustic or upscale environment, depending on the locale. You could also check out one of the local parks or take it a step further and have your wedding in the forest.
No matter which decision you make, it is something you want to look back upon and remember with fondness. So, make sure that your chosen place is your choice and is a reflection on who you are as a couple We. Also check out Wedding Venues in Detroit MI for some great out of town options.