How to Pick a Wedding Venue

Do a Pinterest search of popular wedding venues, and you’ll see tons of different places where weddings can take place. You can have a solemn ceremony in a tiny chapel. You can celebrate your big day at the beach or in a garden. You can even choose less conventional venues like a university hall, a grand yacht or atop a cliff! But when it comes to YOUR wedding, do you have a clear idea of where it’s going to take place?

When you’re just getting started on picking a venue, you probably have tons of potential places in mind. But you have to consider things like the date and time of the wedding, the number of guests each venue can accommodate, how long your ceremony would be, and so much more! Generally it all comes down to these four important things:

Size

Availability

Location

Price

But of course, there are other things you have to keep in mind. So let’s elaborate on the finer points of choosing the right venue for your wedding.

How Many Guests Will Be Attending?

You have to know (or at least have an approximation of) how many guests will be there during your big day before you can choose the right venue to accommodate them all and their respective vehicles. Aside from the number of guests, you should also consider the types of guests. For instance, some couples choose to get married in unconventional locations such as in a forest clearing or in a remote location that requires a long trek. This may deter elderly attendants and attendants with children from coming to the wedding.

Will the Wedding Venue Be Separate from the Reception Venue?

Many couples choose to have their wedding and reception in the same place to save up on travel time and décor expenses. However, other couples prefer to have separate venues for their wedding and reception, especially if the wedding venue isn’t conducive to dining and dancing. Discuss these options with your partner and with your wedding planner to see which arrangement is more suitable for you.

Does Your Wedding Have a Specific Theme?

The theme of your wedding would also often coincide with the season it will be in. But don’t let that stop you as a tropical-themed wedding can still be a success in the middle of winter! Aside from the season, the general feel of the wedding is also important. Black tie weddings often happen in churches or event halls, whereas more casual weddings often happen in the outdoors or in places with a homey country charm. If you’ve already got a theme in mind for your wedding (e.g. rustic chic, nautical, artsy, etc.), this also helps narrow your choices down to the different venues that give off the feel of your theme.

Is Your Chosen Venue a Full Service Venue?

Many beachside resorts, function halls and garden venues often provide full service, from a catering service to the décor committee to dedicated staff and ushers! Venues like these are perfect if you would rather have them handle the planning of these services. On the other hand, if you would rather select the professionals who will provide you with these services, there are also venues that are more flexible in that regard. Just make sure to ask which services they’ll be providing, and which ones you can choose to hire your own people for.

Some Additional Tips for Finding the Perfect Venue

If you haven’t got the slightest clue where you want to get married, get your ideas online. The best part about this is that some wedding sites often link to the page of the venue, so it would be easier for you to get in touch with the people who manage the venue.

Keep peak wedding seasons in mind when choosing the date and the venue for your wedding. The date of your wedding can also greatly affect the price of the venue. If you’re getting married during the peak season, it’s a good idea to reserve the venue 6 – 9 months in advance. However, don’t be fooled by the off-peak season as some venues are so popular that they’re booked all year!

Remember to visit your prospective venue at the time when you want your wedding to take place. Some venues look elegant and sophisticated at night, but they look quite droll in the daytime. Once you’re there, you can better visualize how the décor and the seating arrangement will look.

Don’t be disheartened if your chosen venue is unavailable, out of your budget or not as flexible as you had hoped. Sometimes, a plain venue can come alive with strategic décor and the right lighting. Open your mind to different venues and try to visualize how you can make it reflect the theme of your wedding.

The venue of the wedding is one of the most important aspects of wedding planning. Without the venue, it’s hard to get started on planning for catering, décor, seating arrangements and even the wedding program. With tons of places that now accommodate weddings and reception, you’re sure to find the perfect place to make your dream wedding a reality!

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