The 4 Things to Consider Before You Begin Your Wedding Venue Search

Finding the perfect wedding venue is like setting the foundation for your day. So many factors play into the decision; you want it to be in your price range, convenient for your guests, available on your ideal date and capable of providing you with the experience you always.

When you start your search, you quickly realize that the process is totally overwhelming. There’s no way around it. You could get married in a upscale hotel, an eclectic warehouse, a rustic barn…the options are LITERALLY endless and YOU have to be the one to make this big decision. But you don’t have to do it all on your own.

After just a little bit of prep and organization, you’ll find that you can quickly narrow down the available venues on your list.

Capacity

One of the first and most important factors to consider when selecting a wedding venue is the number of guests you’ll have. You don’t want your guests to feel cramped, but you certainly don’t want the space to feel empty. It’s important to sit down and assess how many people you’re inviting and how many of those invitees might actually show up. Once you’ve done that, you can tour a few venues and ask what the room capacity is. Chances are, you’re not the first person to have a wedding at that venue, so ask what the ideal number is for that space, not just the capacity. You’ll want to find that perfect balance so don’t sacrifice your guest list before exploring all the venue options.

Budget

After you’ve assessed your budget and discussed how many people you’d want to invite, you can better understand the type of wedding and venue that’s right for you. Though the venue will help you lay a solid foundation for the day, you still want to be able to afford other things that are important to you such as music, the wedding cake, decorations, etc. You want to be sure that your wedding is a day you remember fondly, not one that causes you to wince due to high costs and the stress of paying it all.

Location (and Accomodations)

Another wedding planning factor you’ll want to consider is accomodations for guests. While a rooftop wedding in the middle of New York City might sound wonderful, your guests might think otherwise depending on their budgets. Make sure you look for different hotels in all kinds of price ranges so your guests can choose what’s best for them. If most of your guests are from out of town, it might also be nice to supply them with transportation tips and ideas for nearby activities. After all, if you want them to travel they will likely be making a trip out of the weekend.

Time of Year

It all comes back to your budget, but in the end your budget can’t dictate everything. Just because an outdoor wedding is cheaper in February doesn’t mean you should take the risk. Weather can make or break your day and should be a huge consideration for how comfortable, happy and stress free both you and your guests will be on the day of the wedding. You don’t want your guests walking through mud puddles to get to your wedding on time and you don’t want them driving down an icy dirt road in the winter. When you’ve decided what season you want you get married in, imagine the venue at that same time of year and make sure it has the amenities and back up materials ready to make your day work for you.

Whether you get married on the beach or in a barn, whether the theme is rustic or romantic, you’ll be glad you got ahead of the big day by choosing the venue that works best for you.

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