When looking at potential wedding venues, it can be easy to get carried away with beautiful locations or romantic architecture. But there are certain practicalities that must be kept in mind to make your special day as easy for you and as comfortable for guests as possible. Read on for a checklist of things to think about when you make that first visit to a venue. Parking The first thing you need to assess is parking. Make sure there is enough parking space for the number of guests you intend to invite. If parking is some distance from the venue, you may want to think about valet parking, at least for older guests and VIPs. You also want to make sure there is an easy place for the bridal party to enter and a place for the honeymoon car when you make your grand exit. Ceremony If you are holding your ceremony in the same place as the reception, consider how you will make use of the venue space–where guests will be seated, where you will walk down the aisle, where you will take your vows, etc. You can’t count on great weather, so make sure you have enough indoor space, or space for tents, if Mother Nature doesn’t comply. If you’re looking at a rustic setting, like a barn, will it be warm enough? Will an old mansion have air conditioning if the temperatures soar? Also, you may want to have a prep area on-site for dressing, doing hair, etc., if you are not doing all that at home first. If you get dressed at the venue, you don’t have to worry about your dress, clothing, or hair getting mussed in a car on the way to the wedding. Photos You will be taking photos at your wedding that you want to last a lifetime. They will be framed and maybe even enlarged many times. Is the venue photographic enough for beautiful photos? Places by the sea or with lush gardens are great, but what if it rains? Is there a large staircase or foyer that would suffice for photo taking? In Between If you are completing your vows and holding your reception in the same spot, what will guests do in between? Do they need to go somewhere while a large room is transformed from one purpose to another? Will you be stopping for photos in between events? Will you have a receiving line? Think about spaces at the venue where your guests can go, regardless of weather, in between the ceremony and reception, no matter what you are doing. If you want to park them in the garden with passed champagne and munchies, can you put...