As the trees start to turn color and the evening breeze starts to get chillier, we look back at another successful bridal season this past summer. We experienced all different kinds of ceremonies - elegant & sophisticated, rustic country, simple & sweet to casual family-style affairs. We had sit down dinners, buffets, light snacks & cake - even a potluck. The McMinnville Grand Ballroom can accommodate just about any summer wedding.
Are you planning a summer 2017 wedding? While your wedding day may seem so far off in the future, there are actually some critical decisions you need to make soon.
Estimate Your Guest List
The first thing you must get figured out is how many guests you plan to invite. Yes, this is more important than your venue or wedding date because the size of your reception will dictate your venue options, and your venue will dictate your available dates from which you may choose.
Scout Venues (Call Kathy at the McMinnville Grand Ballroom for a tour and take advantage of our reduced summer rates June - September.)
With a general estimate of the size of wedding you’re looking to plan, you are now ready to start scouting out venues. This big decision must be done early, especially for couples who get engaged in the winter and want to be married the next summer. Know the general time frame in which you’d like to have your wedding (3-4 different dates, ideally) and be willing to be flexible in case your venue is booked on the date of your first choice.
Set the Date
Now that you know the size of your guest list and you have your venue securely reserved, you can feel confident to set the official date.
There will be many more things to plan in your journey down the aisle, but getting these first few important things squared away will make the whole process smoother.