Indian weddings come in all sorts of packages, from the grandiose to small, intimate gatherings; from one day festivities to week-long blow-outs. Whatever the scale of the wedding, your wedding venue in India plays a huge role in making it picture perfect. Choosing the right venue for your Indian wedding can be a big decision, whether you have a set vision in mind or are starting afresh.
Firstly, it’s vital that you fix your budget before you go hunting; it can be heartbreaking to fall in love with a venue only to find out it is way out of your reach! Try and think outside the box for this one, lesser-used venues like parks can be so beautiful. Your wedding planner in India will help come up with a list of venues that meet your budget and style criteria, making it easier to short-list so that you don’t have to spend precious hours running from place to place. Take pictures so you can come home, discuss and figure out whether a particular venue is the one you want.
Make sure you come armed with a ballpark number of guests, so you can figure out the size of the venue needed. Choose wisely, a small gathering can look lost in a huge hall and bigger groups may feel squashed in a small, cosy space, however attractive they may be. Do check if the venue offers enough seating arrangements for all the guests as well as ample space for the reception stage, mandap, etc. If you are planning to have your Indian wedding and reception in the same place, make sure the venue can transition well and accommodate the extra guests the reception generally brings as well as any décor changes. Check if the venue fits the mood and style of the soiree you desire; if the colours and lighting you prefer fit into that space harmoniously.
Planning a fun cocktail bash? Definitely confirm that your venue has a liquor license; it is not something you want to find out at the last minute! Inquire about restrictions on bringing your own bottles, bartenders, etc. Check if there’s a proper room for the DJ and enough dancing space. Make sure you ask for time-limits on music, no one wants to end the party early. If the venue has its own caterer, please try the food… it’s all about the food at an Indian wedding! If they don’t have the cuisine you want or the quality you expect, you may need to revaluate your options.
Last but not least, don’t forget the small details like availability of parking space, wheelchair access, good restroom facilities, and oh yes any possible hidden costs. Look for a space that not only fits your budget but also your sensibilities.