When it comes to wedding planning, few things are as important as choosing a venue. If the thought of deciding where to get married seems daunting to you, then read on! We’ve come up with a list of tips that will make your wedding venue hunt a whole lot easier. Check out the top four tips for choosing a wedding venue that’s right for you.
Consider Your Guest List
Before beginning your wedding venue hunt, it’s vital to consider your guest list. Coming up with a rough estimation as to the number of guests who will be attending your wedding is a critical step. It will help you narrow down your venue search, as some spaces may not be able to accommodate your guest list. Settling on a venue that is too small for your guest list is a mistake couple too often make. Whatever estimation you come up with, we recommend adding at least ten or twenty more guests to that number, just as a buffer. It frequently happens that couples underestimate the number of people that will RSVP, especially when you consider plus ones. Not only will knowing your guest list help you find a suitably sized venue, but it will also help you determine your budget. This relates to the next tip on this list.
Settle on a Budget for the Wedding Venue
Deciding on a budget – even a rough one – before you start looking for a wedding venue is of the utmost importance. In order to create a realistic budget, you will have to consider a multitude of factors. Such as the size of your ideal guest list, your preferred flowers and decor, and the city or town in which you plan on having your wedding. It may also be helpful to do a bit of research into wedding venue costs in the area so you have an idea of what to expect. All of this will help you settle on a maximum amount you’re willing to spend on the venue. This will undoubtedly narrow down your search.
Further, when inquiring about the cost of a particular venue you’re interested in, remember to ask not just how much the rental fee is, but also whether there are any additional charges, such as a price per plate. Extra fees such as this can eat into your budget, so it’s best to be aware of them in advance.
Prioritize What’s Important
In order to find a wedding venue that both you and your partner love, it is essential to make a list of top priorities beforehand. Take a moment and consider what features your perfect wedding venue has. For example, if you know you want to hold the ceremony outdoors, then a pretty lawn or garden might be a top priority for you.
Alternatively, some couples might wish to find a venue where they can hire their own vendors (caterers, floral and decor designers, etc…). Whereas others might prefer the ease of in-house vendors. Similarly, you might be looking for a venue that accommodates ceremonies and receptions. This is so that your guests don’t have to travel between two locations. For others, two distinct event spaces may be your preference. The aesthetic of the venue may also be an important consideration if you have a very specific idea as to the theme of the wedding. Always dreamed of a rustic-chic celebration? Then maybe you’ll want to look at barns or wineries in your area. Ultimately, every couple’s priorities will be different, the key is to identify what they are before you start looking at venues.
Narrow Down Your Ideal Date
Choosing a wedding venue is one of the most important steps in the wedding planning process. This is because it is the one that officially “sets the date” for your big day. Whether you have a specific date in mind or are flexible within a given month or season, it’s still a good idea to come up with a few ideal wedding dates. Consider your own schedules, as well as those of your closest family and friends. Have at least a few dates that work for you as wedding venues are often booked well in advance. Settling on a few ideal dates beforehand is a great way to narrow down your search and find a venue that is right for you.
From creating a budget to narrowing down a date, we hope this list of tips will help you on your quest to find the perfect wedding venue.
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