How to Choose the Right Wedding Venue

It’s your big day, and the details are all starting to come together. Many people think it’s all about the dress, but without the perfect venue to match your ultimate vision, you could be left out in the cold — literally. Trying to choose just one place from all the wedding venues that are available can be a nearly impossible choice.

Planning a wedding is a stressful time, not only for the bride and groom but for their families and wedding parties that are trying to give them the best support. Everyone wants their special day to be perfect and just like they have imagined in their dreams. Trust your vision first, and try to find a venue that compares to your wish.

When you start your planning, there are some important things to keep in mind that may help you to make the tough choices about your venue. Some brides may have a specific location already in mind, which is great, but it’s still valuable to make certain that your choice meets all of your needs.

Match Your Vision

As an excited engaged couple, you likely already have a vision in your head about your wedding day. Pick a location that not only matches the style that you are going for but also allows for enough room to accommodate your guests. If you are going for a modern wedding you may consider venues such as an art gallery, a warehouse or a restaurant. If traditional and small is more your style, think about an estate, ballroom or even a barn.

Budget First

The cost of your venue is likely to be one of the largest in your budget. It is important to secure a reservation first before going on to other things in your budget. The venue cost will dictate how you will spend the rest of your money. Take into consideration all of the extra costs for your venue such as decorations, flowers or lighting.

What is Included

Venues come in all shapes and sizes and they also come with a large variety of extras. It is important to find out exactly what is included in the venue rental and what costs will be extra. You may be paying just for the space rental, or you may end up with your catering, tables, linens, and chairs included in the cost. These extras can make a big difference in the way your budget is managed, so find out what you need and what is already being provided for you.

Consider Your Guests

We all know that the wedding is mostly about the bride and groom, but your guest are an important part of the day as well. Depending on the size of your guest list, you should be thinking about the comfort of your guests. If your venue is too small, your guests may feel cramped and uncomfortable. Also, for out of town guests it is best to find a venue that has convenient and close access to a nice hotel for their overnight accommodations.