For some couples-to-be, choosing the perfect wedding venue is easy because they selected a favorite place even before they got engaged. For many others, the available options are overwhelming. With so many wedding venues available, you’d think choosing one would be simple, but it never is.
A wedding venue plays a huge role in shaping the ambiance for your whole wedding. It’s important to decide what kind of venue you are looking for depending on your style, budget, and guest count.
There are so many factors to consider when choosing where to hold your wedding reception and, if even one doesn’t suit your wedding requirements, it’s usually enough to have that reception centre, garden or church hall struck off the list.
When planning for the biggest event of your life, you want to be sure that every detail is in order for the perfect wedding. Here are several things on your checklist that you should consider.
Size: How many guests do you expect to come to the wedding? This is the first question to ask yourself, because it will start to narrow down the venues that you should be looking at. Some will be too small. Others will be too large. You want to select a venue that will comfortably fit all of your guests without being so large that you can’t fill it.
Location: Do you want to hold your solemnization ceremony in a hotel, a church or a non-conventional venue like the beach or cafe? Consider important matters like accessibility for your vendors and guests. For instance, an obscure venue at a hidden enclave you’re considering is only accessible by car and is a fair distance from any bus stop or train station. Tip: Choose a venue that is located centrally, this will make it very convenient for your guests to get to the venue and reduce the number of latecomers.
Budget: When choosing a venue, think about your budget. Ask yourself “Can I really afford this venue?” Don’t include venues you know you can’t afford in your list as that will only lead to heartbreak and a waste of time.
Availability: Have in mind several potential wedding dates before viewing any venue. Tip: Try to book your venue at least a year in advance. You’ll get better deals on packages if you book early (if it’s a hotel) and if it’s a popular auspicious date, you probably will be competing with other couples after the same location too.
Know Your Style: Your wedding style will determine what kind of venue is most appropriate. Think carefully about what kind of wedding you want – formal or informal; traditional vs. modern; night or day; indoors or outdoors; etc. Once you narrow down what your style will be, you can look at particular types of wedding venues and not waste your time on others. That’s why it’s best to know what you want before you start searching. Your style also plays a role in how your wedding colors and décor will match with a particular venue. If you want an outside venue then décor won’t be as important, but if you want a classic wedding then make sure the hotel ballroom you’re considering as your venue will allow you to decorate the way you want.
Parking: In this day and age, parking is a critical factor when it comes to choosing your wedding venue. Ensure there’s plenty of parking space at the venue.
The right venue can make or break a wedding. So be diligent and choose wisely!