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May 29

Location, location, location - How - to select a wedding venue in Dallas-Fort Worth

Posted on May 29, 2015 at 3:15 PM by Danielle Nelson

Congratulations, you’re engaged! But, before you say “I do” there is a long list of wedding decisions to make. After you have a date in mind, the next step is to choose a location for your wedding ceremony and reception. We’ve narrowed down some of the top tips to help you make this important decision for your special day:

  1. Cost. No one likes having to turn down the perfect venue because of budget issues; so make sure all venues inform you up-front the costs. Within cost, does the venue have catering or vendor rules? The Marq Southlake offers an open vendor policy for everything from catering and bar services to cakes and flowers– offering you the ability to customize your wedding day to your needs and budget.
  2. Space. Are you in search of the perfect place to say your vows outside? Or would you prefer an indoor wedding? Make sure the venues you are considering offer enough space to fit your guest list - no one likes deciding between two cousins! The Marq is all about options; you can utilize our elegant, spacious ballroom which includes a dance floor and enough room to accommodate up to 300 guests for your reception! Or, if you’re looking for an outdoor wedding- Aria, our outdoor amphitheater, is an ideal ceremony spot, with beautiful architecture, a soft water feature and easy access to the outdoor patio (featuring lounge-style seating and fire features).  And finally the Club Lounge –the perfect spot for your guests to enjoy a cocktail hour or fun-filled after party.
  3. Reception. Many couples look to decide on their venue for the ceremony first. But it is important to consider the distance guests may have to travel from the ceremony to a separate reception venue. Our tip to avoid this? Host your ceremony and reception in the same location of course! The Marq makes this possible with our Aria, our outdoor amphitheater - a perfect ceremony spot under the Texas stars, followed by a reception in the grand ballroom! In addition, the Club Lounge and outdoor patio give your guests the perfect opportunity to relax, have a drink and catch up with each other while you are taking pictures after the ceremony. Choosing to keep the ceremony and the reception at the same venue easily cuts costs on venue rental, transportation and photography.
  4. Parking. This is important to consider for your guests. Are there safe places to park near the venue? Is it a parking lot, garage or street? If not, are you willing to consider shuttle vans for your guests to take to your ceremony or the reception? Surrounding The Marq are ample parking lots to accommodate your family and friends.
  5. Lighting. Take into consideration the time of day you would like to have your ceremony and reception. No one wants weird tree shadows or bad flash reflection in their wedding pictures. Also, lighting is important for your guests to enjoy (and see) your ceremony.

These five topics are important to take into consideration for picking the perfect wedding venue in Dallas-Fort Worth. Creating the wedding of your dreams can be work, but The Marq Southlake is here to help. Designed to be an elegant and premier wedding venue in Dallas-Fort Worth, we are ecstatic to be opening in late 2015. For more information, contact our sales specialist today!

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