What’s your wedding budget?
This is a great place to start. Knowing how much you can spend plays a big factor in what’s available. Once you have a number, you can call the places you’re interested in for detailed information about pricing and availability. This way, you don’t waste time visiting (and falling in love with) a site you can’t afford.
What do you want your East Texas wedding venue to look like?
A beautiful setting isn’t always enough. You need to capture your style and tastes in the place you get married. Are you looking for something quaint or magical? Rustic or modern? Elegant or laid back? Choosing the right style will help guide you to the ideal location.
How many people will attend your wedding?
Your budget will also have a big impact on how many people you can afford to invite. But after that, it can be difficult to nail down a firm number. RSVPs are slow to roll in, and those who don’t respond still may show up. No matter what sized guest list you have, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t invite more people than your venue can handle.
When will you be getting married?
Summer dates tend to be more popular, and you’ll want to book your venue well in advance to make sure you get the day you want. Winter weddings will likely require an indoor affair to combat fluctuating temperatures.
Even the time of day can affect your decision, as night settings need to consider lighting options, and midday settings may need shade.
Do you want the wedding ceremony and reception at the same venue?
There are upsides and downsides to any answer. Changing locations can give the bride and groom time for pictures while the guests are entertained elsewhere, but this can lengthen the event or even loose guests. Staying at the same location allows for shorter events and tighter budgets, but it might be more difficult to find the time and space for all the activities you want to accomplish.
What event services do you need?
Some things you may want to ask your venue if they provide include:
- Tables and chairs
- Glassware and dishes
- Bartenders and alcohol
- Music and audio/visual elements
If they don’t provide these things, then do they have vendors that they can recommend? Can you bring in your own vendors, or are you required to use ones they’ve approved?
Answering these six quick questions should significantly narrow down your list of options.
Here at Mill Creek Ranch Resort, we have beautiful gardens to accommodate many styles of ceremonies, and a choice of Grand Lodge or Pavilion for receptions. Our intimate settings can hold anywhere between 75 to 150 guests, and we have cabins available for your out of town guests. With affordable packages and tailored services for nearly any budget, our friendly staff will do our best to exceed your expectations.
Mill Creek Ranch Resort | East Texas Wedding Venue | 877-927-3439