Planning a wedding is a tremendous job, one that requires lots of decisions. One of the earliest and arguably most important is picking a wedding venue. After all, it would help if you had a place for the wedding to happen. That location will often determine your options for many other vendors, from caterers to DJs. The stress of finding the best venue can seem overwhelming, but here are a few tips to make it simpler for you.
First Things First
Before you can choose a venue, you have to determine a few things, namely your budget and your guest list (or at least an approximate guest list). It would be horrible to fall in love with a venue only to find later that your guest list is double the maximum capacity. Likewise, it would be heartbreaking to find the perfect place and have it be totally outside of your budget. Once you have this part squared away, you can begin looking.
If you’re going to be using a wedding planner, get them in on the process early. A good planner will know all of the venue options that fit your budget and style. Taking them with you to tour can also be an excellent way to get ideas on how you can transform a space. Remember that most areas can be so much more than what you see when you visit if you have the right decorative touch.
Your Vision And Identity
You most likely have a wedding vision already, so look for venues that fit it. If you want an outdoorsy vibe, you’re not going to be happy with a princess castle. Likewise, if you want the full princess treatment, an old barn won’t meet your needs. It would help if you also looked for spaces that are true to your identity – your unique wedding is an extension of who you are, not a stage production for others.
Other Included Items
Keep in mind that some venues may include things that don’t seem immediately significant but could prove to be. For instance, if a venue has an attached hotel, that could make it easy for your out-of-town guests to attend without having to worry about renting a car. It would also limit the worry of guests or the wedding party drinking and driving after your event. Likewise, some venues include things like table and chair coverings or centerpieces – which is great if they match your style but won’t be useful for you if they don’t.
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