Finding the right wedding venue takes a lot of time and research. One of the hardest parts of planning a wedding is finding your venue. You need to make sure the things to look for in a venue tick all the right boxes before you make a final decision.
Your venue will be influenced by your budget as well as the atmosphere on the day. So before you sign on the dotted line, below are six important things to consider before booking your wedding venue.
The most important factor in choosing a wedding venue is whether or not it is available for your date. Some wedding venues, Estates and Gardens are booked years in advance. Especially around holidays or dates such as 2/2/22. If the venue is not available , be prepared to change your wedding date or find a new venue. Once you have found the perfect wedding venue and know it is available, reserve it immediately.
2. Wedding Venue size
Choosing a venue that is the right size for your celebration is essential. So, take into consideration how many people you’re planning to invite to your wedding. How many people can the wedding venue can comfortably cater for? A crowded reception can be quite uncomfortable. At the same time, if a venue is too large, it can affect the overall look and feel.
3. What about the drinks?
Alcohol and drinks are a big part of your wedding. So, it’s important to find out if you can bring your own alcohol. What is the cost and will the venue supply the drinks? Since you will also need a licensed bartender to serve alcohol, will the wedding venue assist with this? You can then factor those costs into your final budget.
4. Preferred vendors
You’re going to be working with several different vendors in the time leading up to and on your wedding day. Many venues require you to use their vendors so find out about this before you make a booking. If they do work with specific vendors, make sure that you’re happy with their experience, style, personality, and pricing. When a wedding venue works with preferred vendors, it does mean they’re confident in their experience and ability to deliver. It’s more important for you to choose vendors that fit in with your budget and overall preferences.
5. Have a back-up plan in the event of unexpected weather
Will your outdoor reception, be held at an estate, outside garden or a physical reception wedding venue? If so, be sure to ask whether there are any wet weather options in the event it rains. Most venues have other rooms you can escape to in the event of an unexpected weather incidents. Also, ask your venue if you’ll need to organize a canopy or some sort of marquee back-up yourself should you .
6. Is there sufficient parking?
Is there adequate parking for all of your guests? If your venue parking is insufficient, find a nearby parking lot available and look into a shuttle service so that your guests are not wandering looking for their vehicle in the dark.
There are many different factors to consider when choosing the perfect wedding venue. Find a space that speaks to your personality and style as a couple.
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