While pretty much every aspect of a wedding is optional, from wearing modern instead of a traditional dress to ditching the flowers to forgoing the wedding cake, there’s one thing you can’t skip: a venue. After all, you have to have somewhere for your friends and family to gather and celebrate. The venue you pick will determine the number of guests you can invite, your decor, your vendors, your wedding date and will have a big impact on your wedding budget, so it is important to get it right!
We are here to answer that big question – how do I choose a wedding venue? Whether you have a dream venue in mind or are at the start of your venue search, here is the rundown of how to choose a wedding venue, from start to finish.
The Right Location
Where will your guests be coming from? If they are local, choosing a venue that is easily accessible to all is important. If you have guests coming from abroad how far is the closest international airport? These factors should play a role in your decision-making; your guests’ comfort and experience is important.
Figure out your budget
When it comes to how to choose a wedding venue, one of the most important decisions you will make is how much you can spend on a space. And it turns out that your venue and catering will compromise about half of your wedding budget. Décor and floral design will also drive the cost up. Do not include venues you know you cannot afford in your list as that will only lead to heartbreak and a waste of time.
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Number of guests
You will need to pick a place that is the right size for your number of guests. If the place is too small, your guests will be cramped. If it is too large, the atmosphere will be dull, and it will seem like a significant number of guests failed to turn up. Before you start listing potential venues, come up with a rough figure of expected wedding guests.
Does it fit with your theme?
This might seem obvious, but seek out venues that fit the aesthetic you have in mind. If you are planning a modern wedding, look at art galleries, well-designed restaurant spaces, or warehouses. On the flip side, a wedding incorporating elements that are more natural works well with outdoor venues such as parks, backyards, and farms. Choosing a venue that fits in with (and enhances) your theme will enable your wedding to feel more connected to the space.
If you have a specific date for your wedding in mind, it could take some time to find venues that can accommodate you on that date. Some venues have online calendars where you can check for availability on your preferred date, month or time of the year. For others, you can email or visit them for rough availability. If you are flexible with dates, you might find your venue much quicker.
The perfect venue is waiting for you to find it. Consider the above factors and keep searching. You will soon step inside a venue that you will fall in love with in an instant.
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