Because selecting the location of your wedding festivities is possibly the most important aspect of your planning, it is crucial that you select and reserve your ceremony and reception locations well in advance. You can choose from a host of places such as a church or temple fellowship hall, a hotel ballroom, someone’s home, a country club or a private party room in a restaurant. If you marry during a season of reliably good weather, lake sites, beautiful gardens and arboretums can add beauty to your wedding. Many public parks and historic sites offer both indoor and outdoor facilities. Check with county parks and recreation departments throughout the area for availability of public sites. Also look into the availability of restored mansions, bed and breakfast inns, art or antique galleries, and even farmhouses, just to name a few. While you’re looking, keep some of the following questions in mind: Is there sufficient space for the number of guests? Is the location convenient, and does it offer adequate and accessible parking? Will the facility be comfortable for the guests? Will the lighting and acoustics provide the atmosphere you want? If you wish to serve alcoholic beverages, are they permitted? Does the location provide catering and clean-up services? With so many places to choose from and questions to answer, ultimately the number of guests, the style of your wedding and your budget will dictate your final decision.