What is your Ideal Wedding Venue?
Your wedding venue has one of the biggest impacts on your wedding out of any of the decisions you’ll make. After all, when choosing a venue you are also making important choices about the number of guests you want, how formal you want your ceremony and/or reception to feel, and you are spending a large portion of your budget! The wedding venue is also one of the first things that you should book after becoming engaged – popular venues book up fast, and it can be hard to get quotes on other services when you don’t know where you will be set up! Here are five important questions to ask yourself when considering what kind of venue is best suited to your special day.
How many Guests are we planning to invite?
This question is key! If you have always dreamed of getting married in a ballroom, but only want to invite close friends and family, you probably need to adjust your expectations. The number of guests you want to invite will influence the cost of your venue, and can help to immediately narrow down your choices. Sit down with your fiancé and discuss approximate numbers as soon as possible.
How many venues are we going to use?
This is another important question to ask yourself with regards to budget. If you want a religious ceremony, you may wish to have the ceremony portion of your wedding in a house of worship while having the reception elsewhere. Other brides-to-be may choose to have both the ceremony (religious or secular) and the reception in the same location. This decision is an important one – using only a single venue will need to be able to serve multiple purposes (making it potentially more difficult to track down), but this choice could also save you a considerable amount in the budget!
Where is the best place for our wedding?
Unlike the days of the past where everyone married someone from the same geographical area as them, today’s couples are often getting married in cities where one (or both!) sides of the family will have to travel to. It is worth considering if moving your wedding to a different city is worth some added hassle if it means that more family and friends will be able to attend. This may also affect prices, as some areas are much more pricey than others!
How formal is our wedding going to be?
This question has to be taken under serious consideration as well. If you and your fiancé are very relaxed, and were just planning on having a backyard barbecue as a reception, finding a venue may be as easy as calling up your uncle! On the other hand, if you are picturing a masquerade ball as your dream reception you are going to need to budget a little more to find a space that facilitates this!
Now that you’ve asked yourself these four big questions to identify what you need from your venue, you can move on to having discussions with the building managers and getting the specifics – much like finding the right dress, when you find the right venue, you will know!