Friday, August 2, 2013

Five Tips for Choosing the Perfect Venue for Your Wedding

Choosing the venue is one of the first wedding day decisions you must make. After all, your venue must meet your theme requirements, accommodate all your guests and be available on the date you choose.
As caterers, we work with dozens of New Jersey and New York wedding venues. Our partnerships guarantee you receive the wedding of your dreams. Take a few tips from us as you decide the perfect location for your wedding celebration.

Count Your Guests
 A smaller, intimate venue like the JamesWard Mansion in Westfield, New Jersey can accommodate smaller wedding celebrations without the high minimums many full service venues require.  If your guest list hovers closer to 600, though, consider a larger venue like The Berkeley Ocean Front Hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Whichever venue you choose, make certain it provides comfortable accommodations for you and everyone on your guest list. 

Choose a Theme
A formal garden party can feel like home at   Paradise Vineyard and Gardens of Chesterfield New Jersey.  Alternatively, a casual setting like the one offered by Bayonet Farm in Holmdel, New Jersey provides a relaxed setting for your celebration. The theme determines which venue you rent and catering options you choose, so consider it as you search for available locations.

Set a Budget
The number of guests as well as venue amenities and location determine how much you’ll pay to celebrate your wedding. Even considerations like who provides catering, table linens and alcohol determines the cost of the venue. That’s why you need a set budget before you begin researching wedding day venues.

Do Your Research
Most venues have a website that allows you to choose a location that is convenient where a full service off-premise caterer like us is welcome and the price tag is reasonable. By completing research and narrowing down your choices, you limit stress and visit only the venues that fit your needs.
Understand the Contract
Now that you’ve chosen the perfect wedding venue, sign a contract. Be sure, however, that you understand details like:
  • What does the fee include?
  • Is there a cancellation policy?
  • Is alcohol allowed?
  • Is there a private room for the bridal party’s cocktail hour?
Your wedding venue welcomes guests to celebrate your special day, so carefully consider your options before you make a final decision. Likewise, remember that we stand ready to offer catering at a variety of venues in New Jersey and New York as we partner together to give you the wedding of your dreams.