The venue in which your wedding will be hosted is one of the key features that will determine the overall setting and atmosphere of the ceremony and reception. It, therefore, goes without saying that it can make or break the wedding day. Choosing the right venue requires a lot of brainstorming, discussions, negotiations and compromise. Here are some useful tips to finding the perfect wedding venue.
Top tips to finding the perfect wedding venue
Style and feel
What kind of event do you want? Is it rustic, formal, bohemian, low-key, or a blow-out event? A traditional or a non-traditional ceremony? Will it be held outdoors or indoors? At night or during the day? Identify the most important elements of your bash and the geographical area that best suits your bash.
Guest count and budget
Ensuring that your venue will accommodate all of your guests and that the cost of booking won’t break the bank are two important tips to finding the perfect wedding venue. While you may not know the exact guest count and budget, you must have a rough estimate of the number of people you’re going to invite and the maximum amount you’re willing to spend on a venue. Look for a location that meets your guest list and budgetary considerations.
Have a list of possible venues that satisfy your requirements as far as your guest list, budget and style are concerned. Visit these venues and determine how convenient space and location are. Choose a location that is easy for your guests to reach and have a good time.
Consider the quality of the food and beverage on offer. Are the food and beverage options suitable for your guests? If the in-house menus are not appropriate, find out how you can make arrangements for bringing in your caterer. Also, check if there any restrictions or extra charges for hiring your wedding catering service.
Determine how much control you will want to have over your event’s decor, including important details such as backdrops, linens, centerpieces, tables, chairs, etc. If the venue is full-service (which means they provide everything), check to see that these items meet the style and overall decor that you with to achieve for your wedding. If not, find out how you can get them from a vendor and whether or not there are any restrictions to renting your wedding decorations. Choose a location that makes it easy to fulfill your wedding decor requirements.
If you’re planning to have a religious ceremony as part of your wedding, find out if there are any restrictions and requirements and whether or not the location is appropriate for such a ceremony. Make sure that the people conducting the ceremony will be able to access the venue without any hindrances.
Lastly, before you pick a particular venue, talk to everyone associated with your event and those in charge of the venue. Talk to your wedding planner, event coordinator, catering manager and on-site supervisors and tell them what you want. Make sure that the vendors can answer all of your queries. Of course, you shouldn’t forget to seek the opinion of couples who may have already used the venue and to read any reviews available. Those who have already used the space to organize a wedding like yours will be able to give you the inside scoop of your proposed venue, including its pros and cons.