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7 Expenses to Keep in Mind When Choosing Wedding Venue

  • Highlights

  • Venue selection is an important aspect of wedding planning

  • Venue cost forms a large part of the overall wedding budget

  • Cost of decoration and photography are also impacted

  • Venue affects transportation and accommodation arrangements

From getting the perfect wedding attire to arranging for accommodation of a hundred odd guests, it may be very easy to forget to consider of something as simple as transport. With so much to do until D-day, arranging for finances and keeping tabs on the expenses can be difficult. Perhaps, one of the most crucial elements of planning your wedding budget is the cost of wedding venue. Here are a few points to remember when selecting your wedding venue to help you stick to your budget.

1) Venue Rental

The first and foremost thing to keep in mind is the daily rental of the venue you’ve chosen for the big day. Think about whether your venue will serve only as the wedding location or if you plan to have other ceremonies there and then plan accordingly. For example, you may choose to host functions like a cocktail party or a sangeet at the same venue or a different location on the same premises. Talk to different vendors to get a clear understanding of the timelines of the services they deliver.

Keeping an eye on the exact cost of the venue for each day will help you save on unnecessary expenses.


2) Food and Beverages

From tasty appetizers and extravagant buffet to sweet boxes for giveaways, food is the major attraction at most weddings. You can decide to put up food stations dedicated to various cuisines or can serve specialty food of a region. Usually, catering is an add-on service that you can avail with your venue. However, if you are getting your food catered from elsewhere but require servers from your venue organiser, you may have to pay a little extra. So, keep an eye on such additions that may not have been previously discussed with you.

3) Decorations

From flower arrangements on tables to garlands that wreathe doorways, your plans for the wedding décor may be minimalistic or extravagant. Whatever you choose, ensure that you talk to the vendor whether they would need to set up with the décor at your wedding venue. If yes, then you may have to book the venue for an additional day.

4) Music and Entertainment

From a tabla choir to a foot-thumping DJ, from a live band to a dance troupe, the choices for music and entertainment are endless. Ensure that you book them in advance and take their food and drink cost into account. Sometimes, these performers may also require access to a dressing room at the venue or need special wiring or lighting arrangements for their performance. As these requirements may come at extra charges, make sure that you talk to them about all requirements beforehand.

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5) Photography and Videography

You would definitely require the services of a top-notch photographer and videographer to record your special day. The location of your venue may affect the pricing for these services. All photographers and videographers may have different charges for a destination wedding. At the same time, some photographers may charge you a little extra if the wedding location is beyond a certain number of kilometres.

6) Transportation

It is easy to overlook the fact that you need to book transport for not only the bride and groom, but also their families. If your wedding venue is on the outskirts of the city, you may want to have to arrange the transport for all relatives. Depending on your schedule for the wedding, you may have to book the transport for a day or two.

7) Accommodation

With so many relatives coming over, you may have to arrange for accommodation for all of them. Some wedding venues offer accommodations for guests; if the venue doesn’t provide accommodation, looking for places close to it is a good idea. Not only is this convenient, it may help you save on transport.

Apart from these primary costs related to the wedding venue, here are some other allied costs to account for:

1. Parking charges, if any
2. Power generator costs
3. Any seasonal additions to the cost
Now that you’re completely informed about the various expenses related to your wedding venue, it’s time to start planning. Keep yourself from cutting corners by taking a personal loan for your wedding. This will help you in financing everything on your list right now and paying it off in convenient EMIs over a suitable tenor.

DISCLAIMER: The personal loan features mentioned in this article are subject to change, based on policy revisions. For the updated product details, please visit the Bajaj Finserv Personal Loan page here.

 

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