Top 5 Things to Consider When Picking a Wedding Venue
So many brides often wonder where to start when it comes to wedding planning. Many get caught up in the smaller details without considering the largest aspect- the venue! The venue you choose becomes a key aspect in dictating when your wedding will be, how many guests you can invite, and what all you may need to include in rentals. We always like to tell our brides to start here first, and then let the other pieces fall into place. Below we cover the top 5 things to look for, consider, and ask while you are touring possible locations.
1. Determine your budget.
It is important to sit down with your fianc and family members to decide on a wedding budget. Once you have a solid budget in place you can begin to look at venues that fall within what you’re comfortable paying.
2. Determine your wedding style.
The venue will play a huge role in shaping the ambiance for your wedding, so it is important to have a vision of what you want to portray for your big day, all the details will tie together with your venue.
3. Look at pictures.
We recommend looking through various blogs, or social media accounts, from photographers that have worked at the venue you are considering. Since they are the real deal, you will get a better idea of what things can and really do look like.
4. Email or call prospective venues to schedule walk-throughs.
If possible, try to visit the site when it is set up for a wedding and in the same season that you will be getting married in. This way, you'll be able to really visualize the big picture. As well as the size of your reception area once all the tables, DJ, and any other components are set up.
5. Ask questions!
Write down anything you want to ask while at the venue. Important things to ask may be when you, or your vendors, will have access to the property the day of, what exactly the venue will do in terms of set up and cleanup, and if renting the property also gives you a time prior to the wedding to host a rehearsal. Its also great to find out what other “extras” are included. Venues that provide tables and chairs could be helpful to brides on a slightly tighter budget, as those will be one less thing that needs to be rented. Taking the time to find out this information early on will save you the headache of trying to recruit friends and family to fill in holes with setup and cleanup.
All in all, we encourage you to spend time really looking through wedding venues. Don't just book the first venue you see, even if it all seems perfect, without finding out all the nitty gritty involved and don't forget to try and enjoy the process!!!!