A Wedding Planning Meal: Part 1 – The Appetizer

So, you’ve chosen to have your wedding celebration at a wedding reception venue?  Don’t want to hassle with the weather in your backyard, or the generic feel of a church gym?  Now what do you do?  It can seem overwhelming, but if you think of the planning process like eating a huge meal the Weight Watchers way, methodically eating one bite at a time.  As you strategically chew each morsel and savor it, your delicious wedding planning meal will be very satisfying.  Your special day will be here before you know it and you’ll be calm as a cucumber to enjoy every moment of the day.

Planning a wedding event for a Salt Lake City wedding reception can be overwhelming like eating Thanksgiving dinner in one bite.
Wedding reception events are easily planned step-by-step, like taking one bite at a time at Thanksgiving!

The first task to do before you eat any meal is……set your napkin in your lap, of course.  Your napkin is most important and you use it the entire meal.  You pull it out whenever you need it.  Well, in our little analogy, your napkin is a file of some sort.  It is most important during this meal because you’ll need it quite often and it needs to be handy.  Acquire some type of file system that works for you and is very easy to haul around (keep on your lap)!  You will be writing down all your decisions and the details of your findings.  Keep it all in one place.  If a pad of paper and pencil are too old-school, pull out that iPad or other techno tool.  Whatever it is, this will become your wedding bible!  Don’t leave home without it!  Now it’s time to eat! 

Like when eating a meal, Salt Lake City weddings are best planned always having your napkin (planning file) close by!
Never forget your napkin! Keep that organizer close by!

The Appetizer – The first course of your wedding planning meal.  There are three items that must basically be decided before you move on.  Remember don’t take too big of bites or you might choke!  Bite number one, which you and your beau may have already figured out, is to decide when your wedding event will take place? 

Choose two dates before you search the Salt Lake City wedding reception venues
Know your possible wedding dates before you hunt for the perfect wedding reception center.

Before you choose a wedding reception venue, I suggest having one or two dates in mind.  It can be very disappointing when you think you’ve found your dream reception place only to be told that another bride has already booked it.  If your date/dates are not available, save yourself frustration and move on to another wedding venue that will work.  

Bite number two of the appetizer is discovering the location where you will celebrate.  Now that you’ve eaten the date (ha-ha), venture out to the web or to the streets to find the place where your memories will be created!  You’re armed with your planning file and 2 dates.  If you are students, keep in mind that when school ends, people get married.  Many Utah wedding reception venues book up quickly for that week after finals!   

Salt Lake City wedding venues are numerous and can be found on the web
Browse the wedding venues that are located within a reasonable distance you want you and your guests to travel.

A very smart place to begin in your quest for a wedding location is the internet.  You can enjoy this bite by being selective of what you search in your favorite search engine.  If you simply type “wedding reception venues” you may end up with reception places in another state or even in another country.  That would be a shock to the mother-in-law, wouldn’t it?  So, make this a simple delicious morsel by being specific as to where you are willing to travel for your reception.  You only need to add the city after your search.  For example “wedding reception venues in Salt Lake City” works well.  Or you can even leave out the “in” – wedding reception venues Salt Lake City.  Doing this will save your surfing time and isolate your options to your benefit.   You may wish to send an email requesting information from any venue that catches your eye as a possibility.  A simple and good question to ask is about the availability of the venue for the dates you’ve chosen.  This way you’ll know if the company is attentive, thus possibly indicating they will be attentive to you as a bride should you choose them.  

Sit-down dinner at Salt Lake wedding reception center Ivy House Weddings
Do you want a sit-down dinner at your wedding venue?

The third bite of the appetizer is deciding generally what you want to do at your wedding reception.  Want dancing?  Want a full-course dinner?  Finger foods?  Do you want a cake?  These are the things that only you and your beau can decide; its your special day.  

Wedding reception centers in Salt Lake City can serve whatever the bride wants.
Wide varieties of smaller goodies please a crowd

You’ve eaten your date, your location possibilities, and the activities you wish to include.  Now it’s time for you to go out and find that dream reception center in Salt Lake or wherever you live.  You’ll find the one that meets your needs.

Next you’ll be devouring the second course of your wedding planning meal.  Stay tuned!

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