Finding your perfect venue

You’ve found your groom. You’ve bought the perfect dress. You’re expecting a fairytale wedding. Now all you need is the best wedding venue. Having a perfect wedding relies largely on the venue. That’s why you should treat finding a wedding venue as if you are having a High Mountain Wedding. It’s where you will treat your friends and relatives to the most memorable night of your life. Here are some tips to help you search for the best wedding venue:

As soon as you arrive at a venue you will automatically have a certain feeling towards it. Trust your instincts. If you feel a certain vibe when you are at the venue then that’s a good start. You will know automatically if a certain venue is not right for you and your wedding. This doesn’t mean that you should not use logic when choosing a wedding venue. It’s the place where you will exchange vows with the man you love so it has to feel right.

A wedding is a very important event so take your time when choosing the venue. You should start looking for a venue at least a year before the wedding date. This will give you plenty of time to make the right decisions and change the venue in case something comes up. You can also try on some online wedding information about venues. You find an indoor type or maybe as grand as Tahoe Beach Wedding. If you give yourself enough time, then you can make the right choice.

The size of the venue is a very important consideration. If the venue is too large, the wedding will loose its intimacy. If it’s too small, it will be cramped and uncomfortable. Of course, the size of your venue depends on the number of your guests. So before looking for a venue you should at least have a rough idea of how many guests you will be inviting. Be as precise as possible. Try to keep the range no higher than 50 people. If you say you are planning for between 150 and 400 guests, expect a disaster.

Don’t forget the dance floor. This is where mistakes are made. If you are dealing with 300 guests, than a 10 by 10 dance floor won’t do. The more guests you have, the larger the dance floor will need to be.

One of the complaints people have when attending a wedding is the lack of parking spaces. Be sure that the wedding venue you choose has enough parking spaces for all your guests. Parking may be a minor consideration, it becomes a major problem when there isn’t enough.

Be sure to ask about the restrictions of the venue, if there are any. Some venues have time restrictions while others will let you party all night long. There are venues with decorations restrictions.There may even be restrictions about noise so you might not be able to hire a band or bring in a sound system. Check if the wedding venue will allow you to bring your own caterer, florist, decorator, etc.

Have a layout of your wedding. Before choosing a wedding venue, you need a drawn out plan. You need to know where you want guests to sit, where you want the reception area, the dining area, etc. Then see if the venue fits your layout.

Remember, with a well thought out plan, plenty on time, and a little research, finding the best wedding venue can be a piece of cake. Without these components, a nightmare. The choice is eas

Some Great Wedding Do’s

DO Be a guest at your own wedding. Be in the moment the day of. Even though you’ve been anticipating and planning, don’t analyze and fixate on if it’s going according to plan or on what’s coming next. Be present and enjoy the celebration as it comes. That will make the day stick best in your memory and allow you to actually enjoy it and have fun!

DO Hire a GREAT photographer…not good, but great. Even if you keep it simple, what is more worth the expense than beautiful images to share and look back on?

DO Make sure you still look and feel like yourself.

DO Think outside the box!

DO Take a day or two to decompress after the wedding hoopla and before your honeymoon to just enjoy each other and get used to being husband and wife before jetting off (plus you’ll give yourself some extra time to pack!). Because let’s be honest: With family in town and all kinds of emotions running high, weddings can be tiring.

DO Play an UPBEAT song when you walk back down the aisle. After your first kiss — and the applause and cheers from your loved ones — the energy in the room is so exciting that a slow romantic song might feel out of place.

DO Celebrate both cultures by bringing in elements of each, if you’re marrying someone from another background. It makes both families feel welcome, and your guests will love it! Try readings in two languages, special music or dance, or traditional food from both cultures. And if you can’t fit it all into one night — have two receptions!

Wedding day nerves and how to beat them

Wedding day nerves. It’s the same feeling as sitting your driving test, or taking your first sit-down exam.

We can assure you that as soon as you see your betrothed at the end of the aisle, those nerves will disappear, but how do you cope with them in the meantime? Well, to give you some top tips on calming those wedding day nerves in the lead-up to and on the big day itself, we have enlisted the help of Eleanor Copp, one of the UK’s leading lights in dealing with anxiety in all walks of life, as well as being a hypnotherapist and eminent midwife.

 Identify your list of chief concerns

Make a list, get some hierarchy and perspective going. Identify your big worries, know the smaller ones and accept them.

 Surround yourself with positive people

Anyone that has an agenda about your wedding should not even be in your vicinity. If there are certain friends or family members that are causing problems, do not engage with them.

Talk about your anxieties

Any doubts about anything will fester so articulate them to your nearest and dearest, don’t get distracted but do tackle what you need to tackle them. Confronting them and taking action will instantly reduce stress levels.

 Focus on your breathing

If you start feeling anxious, focus on your breath, and in particular, your diaphragm. And become calm – yoga is a brilliant way to learn body awareness, build stamina to stress and remain flexible, emotionally and physically. Take it up!  Spending five minutes each day focusing only on your breath is a fantastic strategy for dealing with worry.

 Look ahead with positivity

Start visioning a wonderful day ahead of you, with people who want to share it with you… This is the gift of a wedding.

 Allow yourself to be supported

This wedding is not solely your responsibility, you can delegate tasks to chosen trusted friends, you do not have to be the one holding it all together alone.

Think of your posture

If you think you’re getting overwhelmed you will look at the floor more, give and receive eye contact less and your voice will become more high pitched. If you haven’t realised yet you are stressed, those around will have done. Acupuncture is a brilliant way to counteract the manifestations of tension and finding a good practitioner will pay dividends.

 Allow yourself to be pampered

Let go and relax. Have fun in the run up, lighten up, see the funny side to any conflict.

 Rehearse the day in your mind

Mentally walk through what will happen on the day, from beginning to end. If there are parts you are worried about (these are usually the aisle walk, the vows and the speeches) focus on your role in that only – you can’t control what anyone else does or says.

 Be positive

Smile, be happy and enjoy your wedding day. It’s going to be amazing!