Monday, June 11, 2012

Wedding Season

Oofta. Wedding season is in full force, that is for sure. Unfortunately (and fortunately) I don't have any weddings to attend this year, but next year I have 5! And 3 of them are out of state. I better start saving right?!

I am very proud to announce that I will be helping my cousin with her wedding which is June 8th, 2013 in Houston. I thought it'd be fun to go through the process of planning on my blog, maybe it'll help others with the proper steps to take.

We have started looking at venues. Because the #1 thing a bride and groom need to decide is where and when their wedding is going to take place.

Questions to ask yourself when picking a venue:
Do I want an indoor or outdoor ceremony?
 If you want an outdoor ceremony be sure to have a back up plan, Mother Nature can be a B word.

How much do I want to spend on the rental of the location?
Typically 50-60% (maybe even more) of your budget is going to go towards location rental fee, food, beverages, chairs etc. See if the venue has a clean up fee, or if they do the set up and take down for you. You don't want any hidden costs coming up later.

Do they have a food and beverage minimum?
Especially if you have a small wedding... they may be charging you a $2000 food and bev. minimum when in reality there's no way your guests will eat and drink that amount.

Do they have a dance floor, a kitchen, a bridal suite, etc?
Think of everything you want in a venue and make sure they have it, decide what you can and can't sacrifice on.

Does the venue match your theme?
Don't pick a barn for your venue, and then have a beach themed wedding.

The brides' venue picks: 
Hotel ZaZa Houston

Courtyard St. James, Houston

Bell Tower

Vernanda by 17, Alden-Houston

Her requirements in a venue:
An outdoor ceremony
A place for guests to stay, since it is a "destination" wedding
Something that has a low food and bev. minimum, she only has 50 on her guest list. 

Appointments have been made to see all venues.

Up Next in Planning: 
Dress shopping
Create a wedding website

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