Choosing a Wedding Venue
Soon after your engagement you and your fiancé pick a wedding date. Next item on the list is choosing a venue. Of course you don’t want to hurry your decision. However, wedding venues are often booked a year in advance. It is a huge comfort to know you have your top-choice reserved for your special day.
Immediately we think of venue-pricing as it relates to the wedding budget. Couples are surprised to learn about the many other factors to consider. I encourage you both to talk openly about preferences. The setting should appeal to both of you.
TIP: When inquiring about a wedding venue, ask what dates are available in the month?
Some venues offer a discount for booking during the off-season or a Sunday through Friday.
Opposites attract and so it’s easy to understand you and your fiancé might have different ideas. You might prefer an informal setting with panoramic views of water and nature scenes. Your fiancé might like a more formal atmosphere complete with crystal chandeliers and that marble staircase. Imagine finding that perfect hybrid that blends your preferences.
Think about the number of people expected to attend your reception. Determining that amount can be challenging a year in advance. When choosing a wedding venue consider seating configurations and the number of attendants you will have. I like to remind couples to also think about catering choices at the venue to include varying dietary needs of guests. Consider also accessibility needs for such important guests such as aunts, uncles or grandparents.
How do you Envision your Wedding Day?
What about adding some fun and interacting elements (mingling lounge, photo booth) and how might your ideal venue accommodate that? So for example, if you both enjoy dancing and a live band, the size of the dance floor is important.
As a Certified Wedding Planner, my goal is to make venue selection easy for couples. I like challenging myself and helping couples find the perfect venue suited to their budget. I enjoy reaching into my toolbox of ideas and brainstorming with them. It’s all part of bringing the wow-factor!