Picking a wedding venue is undoubtedly one of the biggest decisions an engaged couple will have to make. If you’re not sure of which venue to pick for your big day, worry no more as we’ve listed some top tips to help you an informed decision.
The venue you select will help you determine the number of guests you can invite, your wedding location, and of course, the theme of your wedding too. However, finding the right venue isn’t as easy it may seem. In fact, there may be hundreds of venues in your area, but finding one that suits your needs and connects to you can be difficult. Here are some tips to help you pick the perfect venue for your wedding.
1. Have a Guest List
Before you go looking for venues, sit down with your partner and your loved ones ,and come up with a guest list. Knowing the number of guests you will be expecting at your ceremony will help save you from heartaches and headaches down the road. If you pick a venue that’s too small for your guest list and they turn up all of them, then you’ll be in a tough situation. You may underestimate how many people you’ll invite, so think about it as early as possible to know what number you’ll be working with. This will actually help you scale up or scale down your budget, as it will be dependent on the number of guests you’re inviting.
2. Don’t Forget Your Budget
Your budget for your wedding venue will be more than just the amount of rent you’ll pay for the space. You should remember if you pick a venue like a hotel, which has in-house catering, you will be charged a price-per-plate. Other things that will drive the cost up include the floral design and décor.
So, ask the venue manager how much their design and in-house catering will cost and add that to the rent for the space. If this surpasses your budget, then you may want to find more affordable spaces.
3. Choose a Location
Whether you’re planning to get married in a church and having the reception in a separate venue, or you want to hold both the ceremony and evening party in same place, you will need to choose a suitable location. About the location, many couples pick a place that’s close to where they currently reside, a vacation spot, or the groom’s or bride’s hometown.
Also, when it comes to location, you should consider the accessibility of the venue and how long it takes to reach the venue to avoid inconveniencing your guests.