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Finding GPS Co-ordinates for your Venue

This is the first post in a new series called ‘Get Us to the Church on Time!’ . All the posts in this category have one aim (can you guess what it is?) -to get you and your guests to the wedding with minimal travel stress (dress or family-related stress is a whole other series!)

How to find the GPS Co-ordinates for your Venues.

What is GPS?

GPS or Global Positioning System determines your location using satellites and computer data. It is the information that SAT-NAV devices use to function. Many of your guests will have SAT-NAVs or smart phones which they can use to direct them to the wedding. By sending the GPS Co-ordinations as part of the information in your invitation you will make it easier for these guests.

How to Find the GPS Co-Ordinates:

If you bring a sat-nav to your venue you can easily use it to record its GPS Co-ordinates, but realistically there will be plenty of things to distract you on any pre-wedding venue visits and it could slip your mind. The venue’s website may have its GPS details listed. The easiest way to find out the co-ordinates is using Google maps:

  1. Point your browser to maps.google.com.
  2. Type your venue’s name and address into the search bar. For this example I’m using the Marriott Hotel at Ashbourne.
  3. Select the correct search result.
  4. Click on the ‘Link’ option above the map.
  5. Copy the link and paste it into a text editor like Microsoft Word, Notepad, or TextEdit.
  6. The location’s co-ordinates make up part of the link. They are the first two numbers you see. Ignore all the others For example, in this one:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&q=marriott&sll=53.525194,-6.410522&sspn=0.009006,0.020578&ie=UTF8&rq=1&ev=p&split=1&radius=0.51&hq=marriott&hnear=&ll=53.525768,-6.410522&spn=0.009006,0.020578&z=16&iwloc=A

Latitude is 53.52519, and longitude is-6.410522.

Note: the latitude and longitude values may appear after a long string of characters in the link. Look for where it says “ll-”. The GPS Co-ordinates should be the next set of numbers.

This may seem very technical on first glance but it’s easier than it looks and your gadgety GPS guests will thank you for it when they can simply input the co-ordinates into their device and enjoy the journey.

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2 Comments

  1. Fifibelle

    Brilliant idea!!Thanks a million!!

  2. kat

    Another excellent Bride & Joy tip. Although, if you do go the techy route – remember it’s crucial to give the CORRECT coordinates of the venue. Unlike my friend who gave the wrong ones and was getting married in a forest – so we couldn’t really stop and ask for directions from the squirrels!

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