How to Pick a Wedding Venue
Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue
After the first kiss as husband and wife, it’s time to PARTY!
This is the most fun part of the wedding day.
It’s the perfect time to connect with relatives and friends, drink, eat delicious food, and dance.
Your options really are endless!
You can choose a lavish ballroom, an amazing restaurant or set a tent in the forest.
But, before you pop the champagne, you have to pick out the perfect venue.
And we know how to do it.
I'll Do It My Way
First of all, you have to decide what type of wedding you want.
Do you want something romantic or a wild dance party?
Sit down with your partner and decide who do you want to spend the first hours as a married couple.
Some venues come with a very specific “vibe”. Others offer a clean palette so you can use affordable wedding decorations to match your theme.
This can depend on how much your wedding decoration budget is and how much effort you want to put into decorating.
When To Book The Venue
Engaged couples tend to book their wedding venue 12 to 18 months before the wedding day. This will give them time to organize the perfect reception party.
If you are looking to book a very popular venue, then you should definitely seal the deal pretty soon.
And, keep in mind, if you’re getting married during the summer, wedding season finding a venue should be your number one priority.
The Wedding Planner Knows
With so many venue options available, you might get confused on what you’re looking for. You will likely feel overwhelmed.
Before deciding on a venue, you could ask a local wedding planner for their advice.
Professionals have the knowledge about venues, their capabilities, the layout and help you decide. Also, they have an ace up their sleeves.
They know all the pros and cons.
At the end of the day is your decision.
Check Your Guest List
Before booking the wedding venue of your dreams, you must know how many guests are coming to your wedding.
Or at least how many you’re going to invite.
The exact number will determine the seats and of course how much space you need.
Related Content: How to finalize the wedding guest list
Stay True To Your Budget
First of all, you have to know how much you are willing to spend on the wedding venue.
But, you don’t pay just for space.
You must add the flowers, the decorations, food, drinks, music and so on.
If the wedding venue can provide all of the above, then ask for a price and decide if this plan is the right one for you.
No matter what you choose, you shouldn’t surpass your original budget.
Authentic Bride Guide Tip: Negotiate! We were able to negotiate changes to the custom wedding venue package and what it included, to make it work for us. The venue said yes to everything without blinking an eye. You don’t get anything if you don’t ask!
Let's Have Fun
Of course, this is your day!
But, you also want to spend good time with your wedding guests.
Let’s say you have a lot of out-of-town guests or you are planning a destination wedding. If that’s the case you can look for venues near the hotel.
Also, you have to consider the space and its comfort.
For example, if you are getting married in the winter, make sure that the venue won’t resemble the Arctic circle.
It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want to
The Internet is a wonderful tool. But it also leads many couples to despair. Especially when it comes to Pinterest.
A lot of engaged couples choose wedding venues because they saw something cute online.
Don’t fall into this trap. You have to stay true to yourself and your ideas.
Be original and stick to your instinct.