When choosing a wedding locale, the options are almost limitless. However, some spots are more ideal than others. It’s important to identify certain parameters early on. Here are several questions to keep in mind when determining the right venue for your wedding.

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  • How large (or intimate) is your wedding to be? If you have your heart set on a big guest list, you should probably nix a destination wedding. The cost involved is a lot to ask of 300 guests.
  • Will it be a religious ceremony? You may need to book a church or other place of worship far in advance. There may also be a dress code. Get the details about any restrictions as soon as possible.
  • Are you prepared to pitch in? Reception halls usually have a set system with staff to take care of all the details. Other locations may require you to do a lot of the legwork. Make sure you are up for the job.
  • What is your budget? Hotels and restaurants usually have wedding packages so you can be sure to stay within your budget. But when you choose a unique spot such as a museum or bed and breakfast, it’s up to you to figure out whether it’s possible to keep expenses down.

No matter where you end up having your wedding, the key to making it successful is giving yourself a strong head start. It’s never too early to begin researching places with potential.