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The most important decision you may make as a soon-to-be bride or groom is where to have your wedding. There are countless destinations available around the world, so it might be difficult to narrow it down to the perfect destination. Here are a few crucial points to consider when deciding where to have your wedding.

Consider the Potential Guest Count
Knowing how many people will attend your wedding will help you eliminate wedding venues that either are not big enough to serve your crowd size or who charge out of your budget range for bigger weddings. Larger weddings may also require additional vendors and more experienced venues, so keeping this in mind when selecting a venue is important. If you decide on a lower guest count, that may allow for a more expensive venue.

Know Your Budget
Once you have decided how many people will potentially attend, knowing how much you are willing to spend is the next step. A short trip to a neighboring state for your wedding costs much less than a destination wedding in Bora Bora, for example. If you have guests who may not be able to afford to travel to a luxurious destination wedding, you must consider if spending a little less so that more people can afford to attend your wedding is more important than having an expensive wedding.

Do Some Research
Once you know your guest count and your budget, you can begin doing some research on venues that are within your budget. Some aspects to look out for are what services they provide, whether there are any vendors included, and what kind of accommodations for guests there are within the immediate vicinity of the venue. Airbnb has a venue guide where you can search for locations that have houses that can accommodate up to 30 to 50 people, which can be extremely cost-effective for guests.

With so many different wedding venues to choose from, picking the perfect one can be a daunting process. However, focusing on guest count, budget, and housing accommodations for your travelers can help narrow down your search. Knowing what your guests’ budgets are can also help you find appropriate accommodations for them should you choose a location out of state or out of the country.