One of first things you think about after saying YES, besides your dress, is your venue. You’ve discussed the basics and agreed on your wedding budget, and now it’s time to find a venue that fits your style, personality, and your wallet. Most of the other major decisions hinge on your wedding venue; the time of day, vendors, décor, food and beverages.
Let’s explore some important things to consider about when choosing the venue of your dreams and important questions to ask before signing your contract…
Type of Venues
When you dreamt about your dream wedding, did see yourself getting married outside surrounded by nature? In an old world castle? Or a stunning ballroom? There are so many venues to choose from it’s hard to decided where to say I do. As a professional planner, I have my Bride and Grooms make a list of how they see their wedding. I like to see if there are any common elements to help the couple narrow down their search.
Once you have an idea of the type of venue, you’ll need to discuss if your ceremony will be held in the same place or somewhere else. Just like your reception venue, you have many options… Churches, Beach, Forest, the list goes on. Remember, that guests will have to travel if it’s in a different location and you may want to consider transportation especially if you have a lot of out-of-town guests. So look at all your options and budget before making a down payment.
You found the type of venue for your vision and you know where the ceremony is going to being held, now you need to determine what’s included in your package for the price. This is where your venue comparison sheet comes in. You will want to speak to at least 3 or 4 venues to get a good knowledge on cost and packages. Here is a list of questions to ask when completing your comparison sheet.
When comparing your venues, you may find one a little over your budget, but if it includes all your table & chairs, linens, dishes, and even a catering package, it may be more cost effective then looking at venue that has a blank canvas. Once you compared your venue and catering costs, it may not be. Remember to research rental companies, too. If you have several venues that will need dishes and linens, you will need to compare different rental companies to your caterers because some of these elements are included with your catering package. However, if you know that the venue you both love is in your budget then you won’t need to do all this research until later. Just remember to ask lots of questions and stay organized.
I believe other than the actual ceremony, the best part of the wedding is your décor. When I mingle with guests and ask them what they love about the wedding, 9 out 10 say the décor. You can really create a beautiful and romantic escape with floral arrangements and candles. With the right venue to stage your perfect wedding, you may not need a whole lot of décor which can easily help with your budget. Just remember when decorating your venue, some may not allow live candles, so you need to have a serious conversation with the coordinator before designing your dream wedding.