ASK THE WEDDING EXPERT
DEAR RHONDA: I just got engaged and am now looking for a venue for our wedding. Where do I start? What are some questions I should ask when I go to look at them? – SARAH IN LINCOLN PARK
DEAR SARAH: Congratulations on your engagement!! What an exciting time for you!
While choosing a venue in New Jersey certainly can be overwhelming because of the sheer amount of facilities in the state, the following approach, offered by Caitlyn Bradley, Banquet Manager for Ram's Head Inn, will help you.
First, "Ask for referrals!" says Bradley. "Ask around for places that friends, family or colleagues may have had their reception or possibly recently attended." The next step is to "visit those venues' websites to see for yourself." After that, Bradley recommends "visiting online wedding resources like The Knot or Brides.com or NewJerseyBride.com." Another great website that has all of the venues listed is www.NJWedding.com. Bradley's last step is to "schedule an appointment with the banquet manager at your top choices."