How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Location
What it is: A ceremony somewhere off the beaten path, such as a museum, a barn, an art gallery, a botanical garden, a civic center, or a sports venue.
Good for: A couple who wants a unique event. Costwise, price tags are all over the map, but it’s possible to bargain at these locations―weddings aren’t their primary source of business, so the numbers may not be set in stone. For example, at some museums and galleries, you can purchase a membership and receive a discount.
What to know: Be sure to get―in writing―information on whether the place has a liquor license, can house your head count, and can execute a fire plan (some cities may require you to hire a fire marshal). Also ask if you need liability insurance, which costs around $200 and covers from $250,000 to $1,000,000 in liability for accidents or property damage, depending on your policy. You can usually buy it about two weeks beforehand.
Resources: Contact your local chamber of commerce (uschamber.com) for venue recommendations. Log on to museumsusa.org for a comprehensive directory of museums, including many lesser-known institutions. And visit uniquevenues.com, which lists creative spots, such as theaters and universities (contact your alumni association to ask about a discount).
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