Welcome to our guide on how to select a wedding venue!

We recommend that if possible, both bride and groom will attend all interviews.

Always carry a note pad and pen to write down important information and questions that may arise during your interview.

Actually, choosing the wedding site that is just right for you, is a lot of fun.

Before you start looking, you should brainstorm. As you do, take to consideration your budget, your wedding theme, the atmosphere you want at your wedding, your interests, and your guests.

The location is one of the most important aspects of your wedding so consider carefully what will make yours a special, one-of-a-kind wedding event. You have many option including a do it yourself wedding (friends and family contributing of course.) Following is a list to get you started.

Wedding Venue, Wedding Reception

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Ideas for wedding sites include:

  • A Home – do it yourself wedding, or Wedding Venues such as…
  • Auditoriums – usually on a rental basis,
  • Beach – public domain may need permit and or license,
  • Bed and Breakfast – full service,
  • Camp Grounds – do it yourself wedding,
  • Club Houses – do it yourself wedding,
  • Country Clubs – most offer full service,
  • Conference Centers- some offer full service, some are on a rental basis,
  • Convention Centers – some offer full service, some are on a rental basis,
  • Hotel – Ball Rooms – Grounds or – Gardens. A Gazebo makes a wonderful setting for a     wedding ceremony- full service
  • Houses of Worship – Churches – Synagogues – Temples – Mosques – etc…some offer     full service, some are on a rental basis, some can only facilitate the ceremony,
  • Mansions – full service
  • Museums -some museums offer celebration rooms and may even help with special     wedding themes, especially historical – usually on a rental basis,
  • Parks – Great – do it yourself wedding,
  • Patio – Gardens – do it yourself wedding,
  • ranches – usually on a rental basis,
  • Resorts, full service
  • Rented Halls – usually on a rental basis,
  • Stadiums – usually on a rental basis,
  • Yachts or Cruise Ships – full service,
  • You can probably come up with some more ideas.

Unless the location is your top priority, choose the dream location and a few alternative sites that will be just right for you, so that if necessary you can be flexible. Some location are natural for weddings and offer all the amenities you need. Others rent the space and leave the rest to you, still others are free but you have to make all the arrangements. So, consider your budget, consider the work involved, consider your guests and choose the site that will afford you your dream wedding. The information you gathered, is actually a wonderful preparation for your interviews.

FULL SERVICE WEDDING SITE and FACILITIES

These are venues that can take care of every little detail regarding your ceremony and reception. You’ll still need to attend to your personal needs. You’ll need to attend to the attire, wedding accessories and wedding gifts for each other, family, and wedding attendants.

SITES AVAILABLE on a RENTAL BASIS

Many wedding sites that are available on a rental basis. Some provide the space, others provide tables and chairs too while still other provide linens, tableware, flatware and glassware as well. There are also rental based sites that have a working relationship with selected caterers and are familiar with other wedding service providers and vendors.

PUBLIC SITES

Public parks, beaches, gardens etc… make great wedding sites and are perfect for do it yourself weddings. They offer you the opportunity to express yourselves in an unconfined atmosphere. Most are free to use but you’ll need to do the majority of the planning and contracting. Your first step is to find if you need any permits and or licenses. If you do, obtain them.

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Many apartment complexes, condominiums, mobile home parks and gated communities have club houses for their residents´ use. So whether you choose to have your wedding in a home or a club house, you’ll need to be in charge. Do recruit your family and friends and assign them appropriate tasks. Most will be honored to be asked and excited to be a contributing part of your wedding.

How to Find Wedding Sites

Once you have chosen the type of wedding site you want for your wedding, do the following:

  • Ask your family, friends and acquaintances for recommendations.
  • Attend bridal shows.
  • Search the yellow pages under the appropriate category.
  • Either call or visit the facility and request a brochure specific to weddings.
    • You want only the best! Be selective!
    • When visiting or calling, were you greeted cordially?
    • Were you able to obtain the information you requested in a timely manner?
    • Were the people you spoke with helpful? Too helpful and eager?
  • Now, check the internet for local wedding sites and go to their websites.
    • Do you like the look and feel?
    • Does it provide you with the information you are looking for?
    • Does it show or tell about unique one-of-a-kind weddings ? Can you find Free gifts, Free articles or Free information? Are they helpful? Did you find a clearly posted name, address, phone and email contact?
    • If not, skip it and go to another site.
    • Bookmark (favorite) the websites that are agreeable.
  • Place the brochures in a folder until you are ready to choose a few favorites.

What to Expect of the Representative of the Facility:

  • A business card of each person you may work with within the facility.
  • A brochure that explains what is offered and any exclusions, rules, regulations and options.
  • References
  • A tour of the facility so you may check their amenities.

Questions for the representative of the facility:

Please note that not all questions apply to all. Each question will indicate what venue(s) it is directed to.

fs = full service rb = rental basis ps = public site

  • Are there bathrooms on the premises? ps
  • Are there garbage receptacles on the premises? ps
  • Are there electric outlets on the premises? ps
  • What are the hours available for a wedding? ps
    (Most public sites are available only on certain days and certain hours.)
  • Is there a parking area close by? ps
  • How long have you been accommodating wedding parties ? fs rb
  • How many wedding clients have you served? fs rb
  • Do you offer any guarantees? fs rb
  • Do you have an in-house wedding coordinator? fs rb
  • Do you offer a bridal package? fs
  • What are your rates for the different packages and what are the options available? fs
  • Can you recommend wedding vendors and service providers your customers had a good experience with? fs rb
  • Do you offer any discounts? fs rb
  • What additional expenses may be charged? fs rb
  • Do you provide an insured and bonded babysitting service?* fs
  • How much and by when will we need to put down the deposit? fs rb
  • What is the latest time frame for making changes? fs rb
  • Will you provide us with a written contract? fs rb ps
  • Does the contract include a 3 day cancellation clause? fs – rb ps

* If you plan not to include children in your reception, do not alienate guests who’d rather bring children than miss your wedding. You should provide a babysitting service for such guests.

Once you made your choice, you need to receive a written contract signed by the person in charge, and dated. The contract must include all of your responsibilities and all of the responsibilities, warranties and guarantees offered by the facility. Caveat Emptor – Buyer beware! Read each contract very carefully, on, under and above the line. Be sure that you understand it fully and agree with all the terms. If you have questions, concerns, or are uncertain, contact them for clarification.

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All Inclusive Resorts May Not be What they Seem?

When you book an all-inclusive Honeymoon vacation you envision a getaway from everything – including worrying about money and how much meals or drinks are costing you.  The reality? If you select the wrong resort, you may have bland food, limited drinks, restrictions on restaurants and/or frequency you can visit restaurants during your stay, substandard rooms and hidden costs.

The “all” in “all-inclusive” destination doesn’t mean everything to some resort brands. Some only include basic activities, food and drinks – They charge extra for premium alcohol, specialty restaurants, use of your in-room safe, room service and more. Some will even restrict you how many pool towels you can check-out and require you to return them each day in exchange for your room key or you will be charged a fee for unreturned towels or lost card.

All-Inclusive vacations can be a much cheaper option than arranging lodging, and paying for your meals and drinks as you go, but you have to know what you are looking for or you may arrive and have extra fees that increases your “good deal” and original budget you allotted for.

When planning your vacation, you want to keep in mind what pieces are important to you and what you can do without.  A low price might mean a low-end experience, or the deals are cheap for a reason – whether it’s hurricane season, construction onsite or next door or even when the property is selling to a new management company.  Be sure to know everything before you go so you receive the best experience for your money!

Most travel agents do not charge fees to book your reservations, so take advantage of a professional agent that specializes in these vacations. We can ensure your expectations are met, help you plan and make sure you are aware of any restrictions or fees. No need to shell out that kind of dough and be disappointed.


Why Use Destinations HD?

  • Frustrated from searching through hundreds of resorts, destinations & travel websites?
  • We are based in United States & speak English – unlike online sites customer service centers.  What if you have any travel delays, cancellations or issues you need assistance with – will they be able to support and understand you?
  • We provide personal service & recommend based on your desires, NOT by what hotel has paid more to advertise.
  • Save yourself the stress & time consuming process of research and planning. We get to know your style, vision & budget and select the perfect location/resort to fit your expectations.
  • Price Match Guarantee!
  • Don’t pay all at once – When you book early, you not only receive the best pricing discounts, but we can coordinate payment plans for your convenience.
  • Traveling in a group of 10 or more – did you know you could be potentially travel FREE or on a discount?
  • Which all-inclusive plans require you to make reservations at their restaurants each morning on a limited basis only, or does not include room service in their “all-inclusive” plans, or only includes meal/drinks only between certain hours each day? We know & have been to many of them.
  • Flexible scheduling – meet when/where you are available, not when the office is open.

I am a Certified Specialist in Honeymoon’s & Destinations Weddings and have personal experience with my own wedding in Puerto Vallarta. I know how it feels when you have no idea where to start and what to expect.  I have been there and done that and now am here to take you through a stress-free adventure of planning your once-in-a-lifetime experience!  I am also specialized in Mexico/Caribbean/Hawaii travel and Europe River Cruises and Tours. I take the time to get to know you and research to compare prices to ensure your travel needs are met and the right package is selected with you in mind!  Experiences Await…

Haley Davis

Destinations HD Kansas City Wedding Honey Moons

http://www.destinations-hd.com/

Make Perfect Wedding Invitations Your Big Day

Wedding is a special day for everyone. And as such, preparation for such a big day is always a strenuous experience in particular whilst the young couple has to plan whole event on their own. Staying organized is the key to have everything done in time. Try to get all of the wedding planning’s done weeks ahead of the actual wedding date. Be practical while planning marriage ceremony – often cutting on costs on some of the elements, is a necessary to stay in the reasonable frame of budget. Since you want everything to go less stressful and more effective, following proper wedding invitation etiquette and thoughtful planning is needed.

Based on helpful tips given in this write-up, you can make your wedding invitation card creating process easier and send your guests elegant, inexpensive wedding invitations for your big day. For couples who are on fixed budget I would suggest to opt-in for cheap wedding invitations or inexpensive invitations. Today, you can find many pre-made templates for affordable wedding invitations that can be used to create the modern wedding invitation designs. Even with pre-made simple designs you can make your invitations a work of art and show your guests that your celebration is going to be full of imagination, memorable and magical — The event that works to create romantic atmosphere.

People who are planning for a tight budget can search for cheap wedding invitations but even so, having unique wedding invitations is a very important part for creating the first impression. Creating unique invitation cards for your wedding is a great way not only to showcase the bride and groom’s personality but show the theme and style of the wedding. The invitation you choose will set the tone for the celebration you are planning for. Whatever you are doing you want the recipient to begin anticipating your event as soon as they open the envelope. For brides with budget, the challenge has always been to create a stylish wedding without the need to break the bank. If you are one of those who have to work within tight budget, you can have start with looking for cards for inexpensive wedding invitations. Additionally, to cut costs and make it easier to stick a budget with wedding invitations that happen to be discounted, is the best way to go.

Many couples choose to go for discount wedding invitations. Nothing wrong with that! But, as always, the decision belongs to both partners! In addition, the fact that you choose a discount invitation card for wedding, doesn’t mean you will have flimsy and cheaply made invitation. Today’s discount invitation cards range in style and the varieties available these days can provide a fresh perspective of your new life as man and wife. Many traditional or modern wedding invitations include a layer of tissue paper to include in the envelope. Don’t go for a boring invitation and don’t let your guests to think that your wedding will be boring either. Since you want to express excitement don’t be afraid to spunk it up and make your invitations look exclusive and unusual. Put your personal touch and dare to set your invitation for wedding party to be different from those of others.

Adding an icon, monogram, or the couple’s initials intertwined with one another will certainly make your wedding invitations to be unusual and special. Also, your personal touch will not go unnoticed.

Thanks to Article Alley

How To Choose Wedding Photographers And Videographers

We recommend that if possible, both bride and groom will attend all interviews.

Choosing a photographer and finding a videographer for your wedding Day are as easy as asking friends, checking your local yellow pages or searching the Internet. In order to comparison shop and select wisely, interview at least 3 photographers and at least 3 videographers before you contract with any.

Always carry a note pad and pen to write down important information and questions that may arise during your interview.

Other than your date, location, officiant and attire, photography and videography are the most important aspect of your wedding. There are many ways to cut wedding costs, photography is NOT one of them. Hire the very best and most highly recommended photographer as his – her work will walk you down memory lane. What was preserved in pictures, will not only become a cherished keepsake, but will pass on to your heirs as a part of your family legacy. If you can not afford both, forgo the videographer but be sure to have the best photographer you can afford.

Tips

In addition to having a photographer, provide your guests with disposable cameras and ask them to take spontaneous pictures and leave the cameras on the table so you can have them developed. These pictures will be much less expensive than the photographers and supply you with enough pictures to send to your guests with their Thank You notes.

Before you meet with potential photographers and videographers, you should brainstorm. write down exactly what you want captured prior to and on your wedding day. As you do, make a list of all the photos, poses, people and events you want taken before the wedding, during the ceremony, at the reception and after the wedding so you can inform the photographer and videographer.

Since you’ll be rather busy during your wedding, you may wish to appoint a person and explain clearly and exactly what you want captured. Armed with the knowledge of and a list of your specifications, the appointed person needs to insure that the photographer and videographer follow your instructions precisely.

Highly professional photographers and videographers are very busy. Start your search as early as possible, after you set the wedding date, secure the location(s) for your ceremony and reception and confirm the date with your officiant.

You’ll need to follow the guidelines set by your wedding venue.

Choose your photographer and videographer very carefully. Check his/her portfolio to assure that s-he is going to deliver what you have in mind. Consider not only the quality of the pictures but also the creativity of the photographer and videographer. Your wedding photos are the memory of your special day and you do not want them to be dull.

You may consider having the photographer take your engagement and other pre-wedding photographs. This will benefit you because you’ll see the quality of his or her work and you’ll get to spend time with him or her and be able to decide if indeed s-he is right for you.

Things to Consider

  • Your budget—Budget enough so you do not risk capturing the memories of your wedding by cutting corners.
  • The style—Do you want all your pictures traditional, Photojournalistic or a mixture of both?*
  • The color—Do you want all your pictures black and white, color or some of each?
  • The equipment—Do you want all your pictures on 35mm, digital or both?
  • Your wedding theme—If you have one be sure to require that your photographer and videographer incorporate it with at lease a few pictures.
  • The mood and atmosphere—You want some pictures that will bring it out.
  • Special effects—Do you want the photographer to set up special effects?
  • Lighting—If you are having an out-doors wedding, the best lighting for photography is one to two hours before sunset. If your wedding is indoors, make sure that the lighting is not fluorescent. Fluorescent lighting will make your skin looking greenish.

Things That Your Photographer - Videographer Need To Know As Soon As Possible

  • What style of photography – videography do you want?
  • How large is your wedding?
  • Will you have an indoor or an outdoor wedding?
  • What time of year?
  • What time of day?
  • How formal or informal?
  • Have you set your priorities?
  • Did you listed all the details your wedding photographer and or videographer needs to know?

You can probably come up with some more ideas.

*Traditional photography, album photography emphasizes posed snap shots. Photojournalism, like video, captures details of the wedding as they happen.

What you get are pictures that bring forth the emotions and feelings, the friendship, love, laughter, tears, joys and even glitches should there be any.

How To Find The Wedding Photographer And Videographer That Are Right For You

Once you have chosen the type of wedding site you want for your wedding, do the following:

  • Ask the director of your chosen wedding site for recommendations.
  • If you have a caterer, ask for recommendations.
  • Ask your family, friends and acquaintances for recommendations.
  • Attend bridal shows.
  • search the yellow pages under the appropriate category.
  • Call and request brochures specific to weddings.
  • Place the brochures in a folder until you are ready to choose a few favorites.
  • You want only the best! Be selective!
  • When calling, were you greeted cordially?
  • Were you able to obtain the information you requested in a timely manner?
  • Were the people you spoke with helpful? Too helpful and eager?
  • Now, check the Internet for local wedding photographers and videographers and go to their web sites.
    • Do you like the look and feel?
    • Does it provide you with the information you are looking for?
    • Can you find Free articles or Free information about wedding photography or videography on the web site? Are they helpful? or are they over selling? Did you find a clearly posted name, address, phone and email contact?
    • If not, skip it and go to other sites that interest you and are agreeable.

There are a few elements you need to pay attention to if you want your association with any service providers. You need to arrange an appointment at THEIR facility and check it out. Now, size up the following:

  • What was your first impression?
  • Are they a real company running a professional business full time?
  • Did they offer you their business card?
  • Did they offer you their portfolio and did you like their work?
  • Did they merit good references?
  • Can and are they willing to offer you what you want on your terms?
  • Will they guarantee that once you reserve their service, you will have the specific photographer and-or videographer you chose for your wedding?
  • Are you happy with the customer service you receive?
  • Are they courteous?
  • Are they accommodating?
  • are they helpful?
  • Did they offered clarification when you asked about anything you were unsure of?
  • Were they patient while you took notes?
  • Are their prices competitive?
  • Do you feel comfortable working with them?
  • Information on hand, check out their reputation by contacting others in the wedding industry and asking about it.
  • If you are satisfied, keep the information until you are ready to choose and commit.

The tips, questions and ideas you gathered, actually provide you with wonderful preparation for your interviews.

What to Expect of the Contact Person

  • A business card of each person you will work with.
  • Contact information including cell phone, email and web site address.
  • A brochure that explains what is offered and any exclusions, rules, regulations and options.
  • References
  • Samples of their work.

Once you made your choice, you need to receive a written contract signed by the person in charge, and dated. The contract must include all of your responsibilities and all of the responsibilities, warranties and guarantees offered by the Dj – Music Service Provider. Caveat Emptor – Buyer beware! Read each contract very carefully, on, under and above the line. Be sure that you understand it fully and agree with all the terms. If you have questions, concerns, or are uncertain, contact them for clarification.

In most parts of the USA you have 3 days to examine the contract and if you need to, cancel with no penalties.

Copyrights © 2006 All Rights Reserved Nily Glaser, A-wedding Day and Gan Publishing

How to Compromise on a Honeymoon Destination

By Haley Davis – Owner & Travel Counselor

http://www.destinations-hd.com/

Do you two have different ideas on where you want to go for your honeymoon?  If so, you are not alone.  Planning your once-in-a-lifetime trip together can be very stressful. You want to go to sandy beaches in the Caribbean while he has always wanted to see historic Italy. So now what??

Before this turns into a stressful fight, take a breath and sit down with separate pads of paper. Each of you write down your list of essentials – hiking, beach, swim-up pool bar, relaxing intimate time together, or active exploration of a new destination?  Once you have a clear picture of what would make an ideal honeymoon to you – share notes and see what you have in common.  Determine your budget and rule out destinations or ideas that may not match your savings plan. Be sure to keep in mind the time of year you will be traveling to your destination.  You might just come up with a better idea or see why your soon to be spouse has a great plan!
Once you have discussed and determined your list of essential details and budget for your honeymoon – contact a travel agent. A professional will have a better idea on what you are looking for and could even recommend something you never even thought of.

In the end, just keep in mind you are going to be with the person most important to you for the rest of your life – Maybe you can go to the other destination for your first year anniversary celebration!

We want to thank Haley for this article.  For more helpful information, visit her website: http://www.destinations-hd.com/

Or give her a call:  Phone: Contact Haley @

Phone: (913) 244-9195
Fax: (877) 355-6932
Email: haley@destinations-hd.com

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