by Burt Macklin
Choosing the perfect wedding venue can be a challenge especially if you're a Maltese getting wed in the US. We recently received a request to research some information on this topic and made out a brief article about it, so here goes!
Couples who want to be assured of having great scenery often head to the Sonoran Desert, where there’s good atmosphere and great weather year-round. That’s why Scottsdale, Arizona is one of the hottest (no pun intended) areas for weddings in recent years.
But first, some general factors to consider when selecting a venue for your wedding. We're sure you know most of them, but you'll be going a long way for the event and it pays to remind... just in case.
Wedding planning experts say that the size of the party is one of the most important pieces of information to have before you plan your wedding. Group size determines so much else: the venue for the ceremony, the reception location, the budget, the need for guest accommodations and more. Make an accurate count before moving on to the rest of your wedding arrangements
Budgeting is the next step for couples who plan to tie the knot. Besides knowing how many people will be at your wedding and reception, the financial constraints determine pretty much everything else. In fact, if you're working with a tiny budget, the financial planning might need to be your first step. No matter the size of your budget, be sure to use a wedding guidebook to list every expense you'll likely encounter between now and the big day. That includes what you plan to spend on your honeymoon.
The guest list, ceremony location, reception venue and honeymoon spot are the other four pieces of the puzzle for planners. Once you know how many guests you'll have and how much money you'll be spending (and what you'll be spending it on), you can easily select a place for the wedding, your favorite reception venue and all the other details that make this the most important day of your life.
Here are some of the top choices for people who want to know about Scottsdale wedding venues:
1. Old Town Scottsdale: You can pay a small rental fee to hold an outdoor wedding in one of Scottsdale's many parks or open spaces. After the ceremony, you'll have your choice of places to socialize and celebrate, including Old Town, the Arts District, or any of the hundreds of wonderful eateries in the area.
2. Gainey Ranch Golf Club: Take in the total beauty of the Sonoran Desert from this popular venue. In addition to 3 nine-hole, world-class golf courses for you to enjoy before or after the ceremony, Gainey Ranch is the place to be for spectacular dining, breathtaking mountain views and lots of family fun.
3. Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows: Boasting mid-century modern design, an incredible view of Camelback Mountain, and easy access to all the night spots and restaurants that Scottsdale has to offer, the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows are the ideal place for wedding guests, family, the wedding party, or just the newly married couple. Andaz is one of the most popular Scottsdale wedding venues.
Note: Non-Arizona residents sometimes underestimate the local summer weather. While Arizona is a very comfortable place most days of the year, winter and summer days can be a bit on the extreme side, especially the hottest days in June and July. Wedding planners should always check ahead to make sure they'll be facing amenable temperatures for the big day.