When Booking a Wedding Venue In Another City

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An Indian wedding is a combination of many cultures, traditions and tons of planning. Sometime we are faced with a daunting task of organizing a wedding function in another a city. A city, we may not be familiar with but would want to host the function because it's more convenient to the groom's side of the family. So in case you are faced with a situation where you have to look for a place in unchartered territory, here's a beginner's guide to keep the necessary pre-requisites in mind.

Always trust in a lot of asking:

When you are looking for a venue in a city you are not familiar with, it is best to ask the local residents. Its best to begin with your friends and acquaintances that may be more aware of the place. Give them a general idea of your budget and ask them on the recommendations based on personal experiences.

Ignore the advertisements:

the advertisements are only meant to lure the customers by showing the shiny side. While they may be good to educate you about the existence of a certain place, the real side is seen only when you personally visit the place. And since it's another city you may not be able to undertake the travel so often, its best to entrust someone to do the ground check for you.

Pay attention to local rates:

The budget you have in mind may get you significantly less or more in another city, depending upon whether it's a big city or a smaller one compared to yours. So it is best to do some research on the existing rates in a certain place. Also some cities have some traditions and festivals you may not be celebrating with such a pomp, so do consider them in mind while booking a venue. After all you may not want your guests to be stuck in a massive festive jam on the day of the celebrations.

Be mindful of local cultures:

If it's a smaller city you may want to keep local culture in mind and dress appropriately. You may also want to consider if driving late in the night is safe in a certain location and if it may be a good idea to host a day function instead of a late night party.

Keep in mind local transportation:

While calling guests to a selected venue, pay attention on how easy it will be for them to reach there. Are there enough cab facilities in the city or is there a regular transport system in place. Do not book a place that may be too remote and hence people will have difficulty reaching there.

The feast:

A unique aspect about India is that every small place or region has its own regional specialties. More often than not the local cooks are adept in making these cuisines with a greater finesse. So trust their strengths and include these local dishes in the menu. Not only the guests like their familiar palate but you will also get to try something new.

Sept. 27, 2017, 5:08 a.m.