Wednesday, December 19, 2012

How to pick a wedding venue?

How do you decide where to have your wedding? Even if you have narrowed it down to a city or region, there are often hundreds of beautiful venues to pick from. Here are some quick tips to help you pick the perfect venue for your occasion and keep the environment in mind too.

The average couple spends about 40% of their budget on the reception, according to The Green Bride Guide. You want to be sure you make the best decision when you are putting down that kind of money. Choosing an eco-friendly location can have a huge impact on the environmental footprint of your wedding. It will most likely be the most environmentally impactful part of your whole wedding. 

The great thing about planning a green wedding is that you don't have to do everything. Every little bit helps.

Eco Friendly Wedding Venue
Beautiful wedding ceremony at The Twenty Mile House

Here are some questions to ask yourself: 

  1. How many people should we invite? 

The smaller the guest list, the less environmental impact your wedding will have. 
  2. Should we have an outdoor or indoor wedding? 

Being green does not mean your wedding has to be outdoors--many green weddings can be held at environmentally friendly indoor facilities. 
  3. What season do I want to be married? 

The season will dictate your location, the food you choose, the flowers and the decorations. By using the season to your advantage, you will be able to save money and make your wedding unique. 

  4. What day of the week and what time of day works for my wedding? 
Will people carpool or  stay overnight nearby?
  5. Should I have everything in one place or have more than one venue? If you have everything is one place, you will save money. It will simplify the planning process, decrease the cost of your wedding budget and have less of an impact on the environment. 
  6. What part of the country should we be married? Pick a location that is close to the majority of your guests. This will insure a high guest attendance rate and decrease the travel expenses (and therefore, the environmental impact) for your guests. 
  7. What about a destination wedding? According the The Wedding Report, about 10% of couples choose a destination wedding. Most destination weddings are not eco-friendly because they are far from home (which means travel for the guests) and guests may not be able to attend because of the distance and expense involved. If you have your heart set on a destination wedding, look for eco-retreat options and try to use as many local products as possible.

Use these tips to help pick and choose what will work best for you.

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Twenty Mile House

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