Choosing a Wedding Venue

Choosing a wedding venue is a huge decision, and can seem overwhelming at first. There are so many decisions to make, all tied up in your choice of venue; decoration, guest list, food, and then there’s finding a suitable date, travel and accommodation… But whether you’re getting married in a church, a hotel, on the beach or under a marquee, follow these guidelines to keep wedding organisation panic at bay!

First of all, you need to consider whether you want to have your ceremony and reception in the same place. (Your ceremony is the actual getting married part, whereas your reception is the after-party!) This may not even be an option if you’re getting married in a church or registry office, so in this case you will need to budget for two separate venues, as well as the cost of travelling between them. You may also find your ‘perfect’ venue doesn’t have a license for weddings, but this can be worked around by getting married elsewhere before moving on to your ideal venue for the big reception.

Use recommendations and the opinions of friends to help you find your venue. Think about what you want from a venue: lots of space, character, all-inclusive service, something unique? Visit your shortlist of venues and get a real feel for each place. Don’t forget to ask lots of questions while you’re there, such as parking, accommodation, when you have to shut down the party, what’s included in the price, whether staff are on hand to help set up/tidy away/serve food, what menus are available or whether you can bring your own food, and how many people you can accommodate.

Your guest list is the next item on your checklist. Once you have your venue in mind and have booked the date, you can start sending out “save the date” cards or invitations. Sometimes a small venue is a very good excuse to keep your wedding party intimate and avoid having to invite tenuously linked family members and friends you’d rather not have there! Try to be diplomatic in choosing your guest list and don’t let it stress you out – it’s your day after all. If you have a really restricted guest list, then you might want to consider having a separate event before or after the wedding where uninvited guests can come to celebrate with you.

Next you’ll need to consider food and drink, dancing and music, decorations and the style of your wedding, photos and accommodation. You may have several rooms available for the meal and/or dancing. Or it may be a case of switching things around once the meal and speeches are over. Your contact at the venue should be able to help you work these things out and help it all run smoothly for you.

The style of your wedding can be a big factor in choosing your wedding venue. A good guide is the style of your wedding dress – a modern style might lead you to a quirky or chic venue, whereas a traditional ballgown wedding dress would look more at home in a more decorative and grand venue. Vintage weddings can look spectacular when placed in an old venue that is full of character. Let your decorations and colour scheme (even your cake!) reflect the style of your wedding dress, your venue and your personality.

Most couples go with their gut feeling when choosing a wedding venue, finding that they instinctively know a particular place is “the one” as soon as they walk in.

Advice For Having a Spanish Wedding

If you are planning on getting married in Spain, then it’s best to prepare significantly in advance and make the important decisions early on. The first question is if you are looking to complete the legal / civil wedding ceremony in Spain, or in your own country, with a blessing ceremony in Spain later on. Spain has strict rules on wedding ceremonies, so a quick ceremony with all the legal elements is not possible.

Different Spanish cities have different requirements and some require you to fulfill certain Spanish residency requirements. The bureaucracy can be considerable and it may take a few months to obtain all the documentation you need from different authorities if you wish to have the full legal ceremony here. If you are already a resident of Spain, this presents less of a problem, but sufficient time still needs to be allowed.

When considering the venue you wish to marry in, if you have the chance, visit the venue in advance (preferably incognito), to try the food, sample the ambience, and importantly see how friendly people are. If anything triggers alarm bells, then go with your instincts and if you love the venue, apart from one small thing, discuss this with them to see if there’s a way around it. If you are Catholic and wishing to marry in a Catholic Church, then make sure you are aware of the necessary procedures there.

The venue for your ceremony may or not be the hotel where you are staying. Given that your guests may well stay at the same hotel, ask for reduced rates, or a special deal, particularly if you are a large party.

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, then have a contingency plan, particularly if your ceremony isn’t in the summer. Despite the impression the tourist industry likes to give, it can rain in Spain and not just on the plain.

If you’re having an outdoor wedding in the summer, then you also need to factor the heat into your plans – it gets very hot during the day, therefore consider the following:

o Starting the ceremony in the evening when the day is cooler.
o Making sure water is available for the guests and perhaps a source of shade.
o Don’t offer alcohol too early in the proceedings, so people don’t dehydrate too quickly during the hottest part of the day.
o Consider the bride and groom’s outfits carefully, as well as those of the bridesmaid’s, so you are comfortable on your special day.

For caterers or other suppliers, it’s best to get agreements in writing, even if there is no trust issue, this helps you and them to gain clarity on what is needed. Be willing to ask suppliers plenty of questions until you’re clear that your needs will be met and give them as much notice as possible, so they will be prepared. You may also want to take out insurance, as you can never fully anticipate what will happen.

Once you have confirmed the venue and date, send out “save the date” cards to your guests. You can always send out a second invite with full information and this courtesy allows guests to organise annual leave, find cheaper flights and arrange suitable accommodation.

Consider creating a website to post important information with the details of your special day. If you are having a particularly large wedding, or if you don’t speak Spanish, then you may wish to hire a wedding organiser. This can take a lot of the stress out of the preparation and a wedding organiser can also help to get the necessary paperwork together.

Do what you can to make guests feel comfortable about their role – if you’re inviting someone to sing or give a speech, check that they are sufficiently confident to talk in front of a group of people or that they can actually sing.

Build some time into your plans for your own emotional well-being and if possible the chance to relax the day before your wedding. Everyone is both nervous and excited on their wedding day and allowing some extra time helps reduce the nerves and also means if there are any delays, you will still be on time to walk down the aisle.

Reddy Weddings and Their Nuances

The big fat Indian weddings are the world’s grandest ceremony. A huge amount of money and luxurious efforts are spent in the Indian weddings. The difference in the culture throughout the borders of various states of India sees a totally different kind of wedding environment. The south Indian wedding ambiance can be easily differentiated from the north Indian wedding. But the most common fact regarding Indian weddings are that they are grand and huge amount of resources are used to plan and execute such big wedding ceremonies. Keep reading to know more about Reddy Matrimony.

For the South Indian communities in the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, the weddings are a quite different. Lots of VIP weddings are taking place. The grandest wedding ceremonies and reception you will come across are the Reddy Weddings. The Reddy’s are a forward class originated from the state of Andhra Pradesh. Reddy is a caste which came up through a lot of hurdles and are now among the top modern communities in the world. The Reddy weddings are the biggest and the grandest of all the south Indian marriages.

Reddy marriages come with a lot of pros and cons. The arrangements of the Reddy weddings are the most luxurious in south India. They are very popular for choosing their venue for the auspicious occasion of wedding and the reception. The current trend and competition in the event management have influenced the Reddy weddings a lot. Now, the Reddy community like to have the wedding organised in the most exotic or luxurious spots around the world. Expense is not a factor for these people.

Delights and Nuisances

The most exotic locations for a Reddy wedding can be on the coastal beaches of south India or the grandest fort in the different states of India. The location may also include a foreign country like the Europe and the Middle East. Reddy wedding is known for the expensive treats and delights that it offers to the guest. Choppers are used to provide transportation for the brides and the grooms. Luxury cars and cuisine are served for the guests. Popular celebrities are hired to perform at the day of wedding or on the day of the reception.

There are also Nuisances associated with the big fat Indian wedding. The Reddy’s have a much higher place in terms of nuisances created over the last few years. The wealthy community people are so much into the wedding celebration that they forget the presence of the other communities or societies around them. Playing loud music throughout the night in a locality is the most common nuisance of the weddings organised by the Reddy families. They hire popular disc jockey and belt out loud groovy music throughout the night that creates a problem for the neighborhood.

Other nuisances of the Rich and luxurious Reddy weddings are the use of expensive cars at the venue of the occasion or reception. Huge line of luxurious and big cars roam around the venue of the reception, blocking the traffic on the road and it is really disturbing for the other commuters. Thus, problem associated are many but can be surely handled and managed.