Selecting a great wedding venue is certainly one of those things at the top of your wedding planning list along with great entertainment for the night. You have pictured your dream wedding for years and you know that the proper venue can make all the difference. Whether it’s a small venue on the countryside or a more modern venue in the city, you are looking for something that captures your style and personality. In our experience, we’ve seen both grooms and brides become overwhelmed by the process of choosing the venue. When everyplace you look at is even better than the last, how do you begin to decide? We are here to offer a some tips and advice on making your selection process a bit more stress-free.
1. Picture Your Wedding Day
You need to picture yourself, your guests and entertainment at the venue you are considering. This seems like an obvious first step, however it’s not always the easiest. Are you picturing your wedding on an island with beautiful sandy beaches and a sunset that you will never forget? Maybe your wedding will take place on the country-side. When you get to a point where you can actually see yourself at the venue you can begin to properly plan by looking for locations that fit your criteria. You will start to think about guest counts, the weather and so on. If you can’t picture your dream wedding venue, Pinterest is a great tool to help visualize all types of settings and themes. Whether you’re going for a modern, rustic or vintage look, you can get plenty of ideas from there.
2. Narrow Down the Decorations
You’re probably don’t have all the center pieces and flowers picked out but you can start to think of a general direction. Start by choosing color palettes that fit the mood for your ideal wedding. Something as simple as having colors picked out will allow you to eliminate certain venues from the list. Some brides and grooms are very involved in the decorating process and look for a venue that is almost like a blank canvas. They love the location and general look of the venue, but are even more excited that they can put their own twist on with with certain flower arrangements and other decor. Sometimes it’s the opposite and your wedding venue will have everything exactly as you see fit. It really depends on how hands-on you want to be in planning your wedding. If you are more of the do-it-yourself type, we recommend Pinterest again for some wedding decor inspiration.
3. How Many Guests?
Believe it or not, not knowing how many guests you plan to invite will make it impossible to find your venue. If you commit to having over 200 guests, then you can’t have a venue that will only allow a maximum of 100 people. This goes without saying, you don’t want to overcrowd the venue. Your guests will feel uncomfortable if there is nowhere to sit or comfortably stand. Your guest count will certainly limit your options with the venue, so getting this number down early will help eliminate certain venues and make your search much easier.
You have already set a budget for your wedding and set aside a huge chunk for the venue of course. Usually couples book the wedding venue first as it is usually the first thing on the wedding planning list which is usually followed by the entertainment and mc. Once your figure out how much you are willing to pay for the venue, it will allow you to budget for the flowers, entertainment and anything else you need for your special day.
5. Experience The Venue First Hand
You never buy a car without test driving first and you usually don’t buy a dress without trying it on first. The same idea goes for wedding venues. Although you have looked at all the online photo galleries of the venue, do yourself a favor and experience the venue for yourself before you book it. After all, a really good photographer can make any place look great. Make a date out of it and see for yourself what the wedding venue has to offer. One of the most important benefits of visiting is meeting the coordinator who will be assisting on your wedding day. The earlier you plan the better. It is ideal to visit the venue around the time of year that you will be having your wedding. This way you will get an accurate idea of what the venue and the surrounding environment looks like. This is especially important if you’re having your wedding partially outdoors.
Planning a wedding in general can be very stressful but always remember to try and have a good time while you are doing it. Don’t be afraid to say know if something doesn’t feel right and move on to the next venue. It’s your day and it should be nothing short of perfect!