After you become engaged and set the date and decide on the number of guests to invite, you have to choose a venue. The venue has to accommodate the number of guests expected to attend your wedding. If you want a small intimate ceremony, you will need to limit the number of people on your guest list. If you want a larger wedding, the choices of venues are as wide as your imagination.
Rustic weddings that are staged in an old barn have a lot of appeal for those who are country at heart. Even the bride may be found to be wearing boots.
You may want to hold your wedding at a location where you can also have the reception. Many venues lend themselves very easily to hosting the reception immediately after the ceremony with a space larger enough to set up tables and chairs. You may want to have a space large enough for guests to dance.
And what about an after-party? You may want to move the after-party to a less formal location where you and your friends can cut loose and not embarrass your parents and their friends. Be sure to allow room for dancing and the band.
There are inns that will host the wedding and have rooms for your guests. Your could have the rehearsal dinner, a spa day with your attendants, then move from the ceremony to the reception then after-party and your guests will be able to collapse in the comfort of their rooms so they do not have to drive anywhere once the festivities are over. This is ideal if you have many out of town guests and you don’t have to worry about the weather.