Looking for the right wedding venue is one of the first steps to planning a wedding. However, to choose the right wedding venue, you should already have a visual idea of how you want your wedding to be.
There are some considerations and limitations when looking for the perfect wedding venue such as available dates, budget constraints, and size of the location. So, what steps can you take to choose the right wedding venue?
1. Draw up a Budget
Before you can look for a wedding venue, you must first decide on a budget. Drawing up a budget is important so that your expenses won’t go overboard when choosing a venue. As bride and groom-to-be’s we can get too excited and emotional when we see a beautiful venue and can tend to decide on impulse.
Average prices of wedding venues differ depending on where you live and where you plan to hold your wedding. You must also consider your overall wedding budget when allocating a budget for the venue.
2. Conceptualize What Type of Wedding You Want
Do you want to have an indoor venue or an outdoor venue? Do you want to have a church wedding or a beach wedding? Consider what type of wedding you want to have when listing down wedding venue choices.
You can also base this on your wedding theme and your personality. A wedding venue can add so much to the ambiance and overall mood that you want to go for.
3. Decide on the Non-negotiables
Think about the non-negotiables that you are looking for in a wedding venue. This includes your ideal wedding date and the number of guests that you want to include.
Do you plan on hosting the ceremony and reception in one venue? What are the venue inclusions and what are the things that you need to rent? Do they have a place where the bride can stay before the ceremony? How about a space for a bar or a dance floor?
Asking these questions is crucial as you might realize that there are hidden costs. Deciding on non-negotiables for your wedding is important to shortlist your wedding venue choices.
4. Research Possible Wedding Venue Choices
Research all the wedding venues where you want to get married that fit your qualifications. List them down on a spreadsheet and start writing and comparing their features, amenities, and other inclusions.
Start shortlisting the venues and ranking them from your first choice up to the last.
5. Visit and Revisit the Venues
Schedule a visit to your chosen venues. Ask your fian?e, maid of honor, or wedding planner to accompany you to the venues. By visiting the venues in person, you will have a clearer vision of which venue is perfect for your wedding. Don’t forget to list down questions that you may have and to have the foresight to possible problems on your wedding day.
When choosing a venue, visiting once might not be enough. Make sure to revisit the venue and to take your time in exploring and planning your possible wedding layout.
6. Keep an Open Mind
Things might not go as you planned so try to keep an open mind. Your dream wedding venue might not be available on your wedding day or it might be too small to fit your guests. However, you might find the perfect wedding venue in the most unconventional places.
Ask for recommendations and listen to sound advice. Don’t rush and settle for a mediocre venue. Don’t lose hope just because you’re having a hard time looking for a wedding venue.
Now that you know the steps to choose the right wedding venue, we hope that you can have a smooth and stress-free wedding planning. Don’t forget to have the balance of staying in control while listening to your gut feel.