There are so many things to do when you are at the starting point of planning a wedding, it is hard to know where to start and it is one of the hardest to choose your place. There are a few different philosophies used to choose a wedding venue or a place and you need to start by deciding which path you want to use. Is your wedding venue the most important element of your wedding day, or are you more concerned about your wedding budget? Or are you family oriented and it is the most important part of your wedding to have all your guests for your wedding party?

Whichever way you choose, here are 3 basic steps to help you choose the perfect wedding venue for you. 1. Location: I know we've all heard this a thousand times. Location, location, location. The place you choose for your wedding and your reception sets the stage for your wedding anniversaries. You will need to do your homework here and decide exactly what you want in one place. Are you more interested in a place that is beautiful and scenic, or are you more interested in something close by? An easy way to rule out possible wedding venues is to check the availability of the venues on the day you have decided to get married. You will want to book your place anywhere from six months to a year before your actual wedding because good wedding venues will definitely fill up quickly. The last thing you want is to pick a place and get it booked on your day. If you have your heart set on having your wedding at a particular wedding, be sure to book it early and keep your wedding date a little flexible.

One of the first questions you will ask is whether the room charges a fixed fee or a fee per. Time, and whether they have any packages available that work within your budget. Doing this will help you eliminate some of the more expensive venues if you have a tight budget. Be sure to ask if certain days, like a Thursday or Sunday, offer a discounted rate. Ask the director of the wedding venue to tell you which items are included in the price. Some of the wedding venues offer tables, linens, chairs and even decorations, but others may only provide space for your ceremony. Be sure to find out if a start-up or clean-up fee is included in the price as well as the hours before and after the wedding needed to do so. Just remember that there are many ways to make sure you have a great wedding and reception. 2. Budget: You need to decide where the budget falls in your wedding plans. Do you choose your wedding venue based on your wedding budget? Do you choose the number of guests because of your budget, or is your wedding budget a by-product of the rest?

Whichever way you choose, be sure to consider managing and maintaining a budget or prices can skyrocket if you are not paying attention. According to Favorite Ideas "Many people cannot afford a professional wedding planner, which means they need to get creative when it comes to finding the right place and services online. You want your wedding venue to be memorable and cost effective. effective setting that matches your vision of the event at the price you are willing to pay.Ammed with some of the techniques used by professional wedding planners, you can successfully find the right place for your special day at a reasonable price . "3. Guests: To begin with, choose the wedding party. Then divide your maximum number of guests into thirds. Then give each of your families their number for their third of the total guests. The last third is that you two as a couple create a list of friends that you want to invite. Hopefully you can both agree on who to invite, or you can go further by dividing your 1/3 in half. That way, each of you is able to invite your friends and still stay within a third of the limit. Ultimately, you have choices on how to choose your perfect wedding venue. You can choose your wedding venue first and use its capacity to set the number of guests (which in turn sets your budget). Or you can set the number of wedding guests based on your budget and then look for a place that meets your needs. Either way, you need to overcome common fears of wedding day that may seem difficult at first, but with a little planning you can prevent your dream wedding from going to the dogs!

Author's Bio: 

Ray Santana is recognized as one of Miami's top wedding photographers. Specialized in wedding and engagement photography for over 15 years.