Your wedding venues. It REALLY matters. It’s the backdrop of the entire event and should be treated as such. If the process of choosing your venue feels overwhelming just know that you’re not alone.
When picking a venue you have to keep in mind that it needs to be affordable, accessible for your guests, not booked and something you actually want. Balancing all of these is no easy task. There are a TON of important questions to ask and this article will give you a few more to help you narrow your search down to something you’ll love.
Don’t go at this alone
The first thing you need to do is accept that you aren’t alone in this. You have your fiance to bounce ideas off of and that should take much of the stress off of you. Secondly, hire a wedding planner. Just do it. You’ll be glad you did.
That planner’s entire job will basically be to assist in taking the stress off of the two of you. There’s enough to worry and keep in mind without juggling a massive coordination effort. So, let the professionals be professional.
Research and get organized
Since two (or three) heads are better than one should take some time to sit down and talk about your ideas for the wedding and venue. Take out that brand new wedding binder and start brainstorming. Jot down all the ideas you love and throw them into the binder for later. Things you may want to search for are:
- Names of venues
- Their locations
- Maximum capacities
- Availability (seasons affect this)
- Venue type
- The cost of renting the venue
- Transportation and parking availability
- Extra bells and whistles (facilities etc.)
- Catering (in-house, restrictions etc.)
Once you’re content with however many pages of ideas you have it’s time to start piecing it together. Create a spreadsheet if you’re a more visual person and trim it down to what you absolutely LOVE.
The tough part, budgeting
Once you’ve cut it down to your favorite the hard part comes – getting realistic about your budget. The cost section on that hypothetical spread may take a few venues off your list if you weren’t careful earlier.
Also, take into consideration extra costs like furniture and the number of guests your inviting. These extras factor not only into the cost of the evening but if a venue is even possible. Many have maximum AND minimum numbers of guests.
Creating a draft budget is an easy way to experiment with possibilities. Make a plan for several possible wedding in a way you want and see how expensive it is or isn’t. You can go wild with your imagination, so have fun!
Extra considerations to be taken seriously
Okay, you have a general idea of what you want. Now, it’s time to get specific. How many people do you intend to invite? Can all of these people fit into your venue of choice? Will they be comfortable? Once you know how many you’ll invite contacting venue personnel can get you some answers.
The people you’re inviting, do they need to fly in to your wedding? Is there available accomodation for them near the venue? This one is easy to solve if you live somewhere densly populated. If you’re more so out in the country it may take some creative thinking or this can get expensive for you, your guests or both.
The hardest question to answer is probably “does the venue fit your vibe?” The easiest for me to ask you would be “does it match the idea you had for your dream wedding?” If it is, can fit everyone and your budget you’ve found what you want. Congratulations.
A place to start
When you do sit down and start your planning you may have a place to start in mind. If you don’t or would just like an extra source, BlueBend Photography lists a lovely selection of venues in their area. They’re also a team of exceptionally skilled photographers that specialize in capturing the special moments that weddings give. If you’re interested read more about it here.