How to choose the perfect wedding venue: Five things to keep in mind
Picking a proper venue for your wedding can be a daunting task. Most brides have grand ideas for their big days and picking the perfect venue is one of the first steps in making those ideas a reality. Keeping these five matters in mind will help confirm you’re making the right choice.
Be sure the venue is in your price range BEFORE looking at the place.
Imagine falling in love with a venue out of your price range, knowing you can’t have it, and then having to go look at other venues. One venue might not be as big as the one you fell in love with. The second might not have the big dance floor like the venue you loved. Nothing would ever live up to the venue you fell in love with.
In the long run avoiding venues you can’t afford will save you the heartache of falling in love with a space you can’t have.
Confirm your wanted date is available
Some brides keep their options open when it comes to the exact date of their wedding, while others have an exact date already in mind. Regardless of which category you fall into, it’s important to confirm with the venue director that the venue is available on a date that works for you.
It’s also worth understanding that the date of your wedding should work with the venue that you’re looking at. For example, your guests would be a lot more comfortable inside during a winter wedding than outside in the snow.
Make sure the venue can accommodate your guest list
All venues have their limits on the number of people they can hold. This could be because this is their legal capacity. Or maybe even that the venue has predetermined this amount based on past events. Regardless, it’s wise to heed this limit, and keep your guest list under the allotted amount.
Check to see if the venue works with your theme
Another thing to keep in mind when looking for your venue is your theme. You should always make sure that the venue you want correlates with your theme. For example, if your theme is rustic, you probably wouldn’t want your venue to be at a country club. A barn or a more wooded area would be more appropriate.
Picking a venue that flows with your theme will provide your guests with a better feel for the experience you are trying to give them.
Determine if there are vendor restrictions
Always ask if there are any kind vendor restrictions put forward by the venue. Some venues only allow for their in-house vendors, or even put restrictions on outside vendors. If this applies to the venue you’re looking at then confirm that their vendors are to your liking before signing a contract.
On the other hand it’s worth noting that some venues have recommended vendors. These are vendors who frequently work with the venue, and have experience with what works and what doesn’t. If you don’t already have a company in mind for these services, it might be advantageous to look into these vendors.
Finding the perfect venue can seem like a daunting task to some brides. With so many things to keep in mind it’s hard to make sure you aren’t forgetting something. But if you keep these five main things in mind you’ll be sure to tie down the perfect venue for your big day!