Renee Chamberlain

Dream Event Planning

Five years planning weddings

Phone: (254) 220-3893

Avoid going into a location blind. Just because someone said their wedding was great there, don't reserve something until you see it.

Remember we're in Texas, and the weather is unpredictable. Avoid situations where you can't have a backup that's inside or under a roof.

If you can find a place where you can bring your own food, that saves a lot of money.

If you need to cut back on your budget, flowers are the first place to start. If you're having a big wedding outdoors, that setting is already in nature. That can cut your flower budget.

Karen Bohanon

Custom Wedding and Events

More than 10 years planning weddings

Phone: (254) 317-8418

Know your style. Are you an outdoors person or do you like to be inside more often? Know what makes you "you," and find a place that suits your individuality.

Always have a plan B. If you're doing outside, always have a backup plan for a second location, because you never know what could happen.

Think about comfort, for you and your guests. Is there good enough seating for everyone? Will it be hot or cold on your wedding day, and is there a way to make everyone comfortable?

Look at the setup of the location. How are things arranged? Think about the functionality for a wedding inside that place.

Trina Thompson

The Main Event

Six years planning weddings

Phone: (254) 338-6383

Have your vision and know what kind of wedding you want to have.

Budget, budget, budget. Always know how much money you have ready to be spent on your wedding, and how closely do you want to stick to it.

Know the size of the wedding that you're having, and the amount of people you want to invite. That will help you avoid getting a site that's too big. Never go with a large venue if you have a small party. You'll end up with a huge area you have to try to decorate or fill up.

Find a way to be unique. Just because all your friends had their wedding in one location doesn't mean you have to.

Daria Riley

Asgard Events

22 years planning weddings

Phone: (254) 368-1993

Think about your full wedding budget before you commit to one of the higher end venues.

Air conditioning is important. If you're having a summer wedding, you want to make sure you're guests are going to be comfortable.

Decide what is the most important aspect of the wedding to you. For some its flowers, for some it's food, and for others, it's location. Some brides have dreamed of a wedding in a certain place, and they're willing to spend larger amounts on just the right locale.

You don't want the fire marshal shutting down your wedding because you invited too many people for your space. Before you pick something, think about dancing, seating and more. You want your guests to be able to get around the buffet, to mix and mingle, to get to know each other. You don't want them trapped at the table.

Don't settle when it comes to what you want. Look at a lot of places before you make your decision.

Michelle Jones-Neeks

Majestic Time

Nine years planning weddings

Phone: (254) 771-3095

Make sure that it's user friendly for your vendors, like the photographer, the band, the decorator and the caterer.

If you're having the ceremony on the same site as your reception, make sure there's plenty of room. If the ceremony is outside, think about a Plan B. You should always have a rain plan.

Some brides opt to do everything in one location. It's easier on the wedding party.

Don't forget to think about your guests. For them, it's all about taking part and celebrating your special day.

- Compiled by Rebecca Rose

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