Once you and your groom have agreed on a budget and figured out the theme of your big day, the next step is to start looking for a venue. For instance, if you have your heart set on a romantic garden wedding, you need to do your research on outdoor areas in your area. You’ll want to start early so you have more flexibility for the date you would like to tie the knot. Although many couples don’t see finding a venue as a top priority, it’s important you narrow it down sooner rather than later. Here are a few tips on how to make sure you score a wedding venue that will allow you to set the scene for one of the most important days of your life.
Narrow down the type of venue
It’s important to narrow down the type of venue you would like to have for your wedding. Are you looking for something more traditional like a hotel or country house? Or do you prefer something more chic and trendy such as an art gallery or museum? Whatever your dream venue you may be, plan your search early and narrow it down to the type. This will help point you in the right direction in order to find a few options so you can start calling to see what’s available.
What do you want from your wedding venue?
When selecting your ideal venue for your wedding, it’s important to ask yourself what your priorities are. For example, how many guests can it hold? Can you have both your ceremony and reception there? How does the pricing structure work? Will the wedding decorations you envision work in the space? There are many questions that will come to mind as you are planning your wedding, and the best way to keep yourself organized is to keep a notepad close by at all times. That way when questions arise, you can jot them down and start compiling a list.
Wedding venue visits
Once you’ve narrowed down your list to the top suitable venues, you and your fiancé can start visiting them in person. Be prepared for this part of your wedding planning stage as it will take more time then one would think. When you begin to visit the venues, pay attention to the details. Perhaps take a notebook with you so you can write down notes as you walk though each place. Take note on things like the conditions of the bathrooms, the heating/air conditioning, where the power hook-up’s are for your band/ DJ, etc. The list can go on and on, but as long as you keep note of the priorities you will be prepared to make the right choice for your perfect venue!
With the right amount of planning and effort, finding a wedding venue can be an exciting experience. But once you fall behind it can become a stressful time as you and your fiancé will be left scrambling to find a venue and may settle for somewhere you don’t totally love.