5 Tips before choosing your perfect wedding venue
#1 PICK YOUR STYLE
Knowing what kind of wedding you want is the first step towards your perfect wedding. So, before your big date, first decide on what style of wedding you want to go for. Narrowing your search on the venue type will help you get greater results on search engines and this way save you a lot of valuable time. For example: rather than generally searching for wedding venues, which will result in you feeling lost at the google’s sea of all sorts of traditional, vintage, contemporary, etc. wedding venues, an “urban wedding” venue search on search engines will more likely provide the appropriate results you are looking for. To help you decide on the best venue for your wedding, check out this link for a list of venues across the United States: https://www.venuereport.com/
#2 KNOW YOUR GUEST LIST
Now that you have an idea of how your perfect wedding venue should look, compiling your guest list is your very next step. You might find a perfect venue only to find out that they can’t accommodate all your guests! So, before you visit the venue, it’s very important to see how many guests each venue accommodates. That can be done very easily through a visit to their websites or a simple phone call.
#3. SELECT A DATE
Now that you’ve got a sense of what you are looking for, it is time to set a date for your wedding. This is the tricky part where a lot of factors come into play. Just like your best friends and your closest family members, you want to make sure that your favorite church officiant/priest, band, the photographer (Yes, photographer too! I have often been asked for a date before the couple had picked the church and the venue! Lots of couples want to have their preferred photographer capture the most important day of their lives – their wedding day.) are available on your date. Now that you have called the venues and found out that they have the dates available, it is time to dig into your closest friends, family, photographer’s numbers!
You have a list of venues that fit your style and can accommodate your guests, now it’s time to talk about the cost! Depending on how many people you are inviting, you will want to set a price point. Let’s say that your budget allows you to spend about $100 per person and you will have 180 people attending that will make the cost of the venue $18,000. Now that you know the cost, it is essential to ask the right questions. For example: What will you get for that amount of money? How many hours? How many courses will you get? Will the top shelf liquor be included in the price? Does the venue provide up lighting with that price? Is parking included, etc. Compiling a long list of questions to ask, will help you make your decision much easier and will result in a much more pleasant experience with the venue overall.
#5 DON’T BOOK THE FIRST ONE YOU SEE
Planning a wedding is not easy. Anxiety and fatigue may take a toll on you and you might get carried away when visiting the venues and want to book the first one you see and be done with it. But it is good to keep an open mind and visit at least three venues. You want to make sure you have few deals on the table before negotiating and deciding.