Choosing a wedding venue is no small task. This decision will largely define the look and feel of your special day, making it one of the most significant choices you will make during the wedding planning process. We have a few tips and tricks to help guide you in selecting the perfect venue for your dream wedding.
Understand Your Vision
Before you start visiting potential venues, sit down with your partner and discuss what you both envision for your big day. Do you dream of a rustic barn wedding surrounded by nature, or do you prefer the elegance of a grand ballroom? Perhaps you’re drawn to the relaxed vibe of a beach wedding, or the uniqueness of a museum or historical site. Understanding what atmosphere you want for your wedding will narrow down the types of venues to consider.
Guest List and Budget Considerations
The size of your guest list and your budget will significantly influence your venue choice. Ensure the venue can accommodate your guests comfortably – it’s not just about seating, but also restrooms, parking, and space for dancing and dining. Remember, a venue might appear affordable at first glance, but make sure to ask about what’s included. Costs for items like table and chair rentals, linens, and even overtime fees can add up quickly.
Location, Location, Location
The location of your wedding is crucial. If you’re planning a destination wedding, consider the travel and accommodation needs of your guests. If the majority of your guests are local, choose a venue within a reasonable distance from most attendees’ homes. For those with many out-of-towners, you might want to select a venue near hotels. And don’t forget about the accessibility of the venue, particularly for any elderly or disabled guests.
Visit in Person
While websites and brochures can give you a good feel for a venue, there’s no substitute for seeing it in person. Schedule visits and don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’ll want to see where different parts of your wedding will take place (the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception) and imagine your guests in the space.
Consider the Date and Weather
The time of year you choose to get married will not only impact your venue choice but could also influence the cost, availability, and overall experience of your wedding. Some venues might not be suitable for certain weather conditions, so it’s essential to have a backup plan if you’re planning an outdoor wedding.
Think About the Light
Natural light can make your photographs stunning, so consider the orientation of the venue and the time of day of your ceremony. You’ll want to ensure the venue is well lit, and if you’re planning an evening event, check out the venue’s lighting during that time. **Make sure that the brightness over the Dance Floor can be dimmed or turned off.
Lastly, remember that your wedding should reflect you as a couple. Whether that means incorporating personal touches or choosing a venue that holds sentimental value, the venue should resonate with you.
Choosing your wedding venue might seem like a daunting task, but with these guidelines, you’re well on your way to finding the perfect setting for your big day. Remember, this is about celebrating your love and commitment, so choose a place that feels right and sets the stage for the unforgettable memories you’ll create.
With careful consideration and thoughtful planning, you’re sure to find a venue that fits your vision, accommodates your guests, and provides the perfect backdrop to the start of your new life together. The perfect venue is out there, waiting for you to discover it!
Be sure to visit our Venues Page to see all the Venues that we’ve worked at in our area.