How Do I Pick the Perfect Wedding Venue?
Now that you’re engaged and you’re starting to plan your wedding, you’ll want to get started right away with finding your perfect wedding venue. It’s likely that most of the venues in your area book very quickly. Some can be secured up to 2 years in advance. If you have a specific date in mind, you’ll need to plan accordingly. If you’re unsure how to pick the perfect wedding venue, there are a number of things to take into consideration.
There will be a lot of photos taken during your big day. When you’re looking at a venue for the first time, you’ll want to consider how the photos are going to turn out. Is the lighting appropriate in the facility? What does the backdrop look like? You can even bring your potential photographer along to get their opinion.
You may have found the venue of your dreams, but you can’t book the location if it’s well out of your price range. Set a budget before you start looking at locations. If you feel that you can go a bit higher, do so only if you find the venue of your dreams.
Be Quick About It
If you are planning far enough ahead, you can plan to reserve venue locations well before your event. Middle Ranch warns that waiting too long before choosing could result in losing your reservation. You also want to leave yourself enough time to choose your invitations, have them printed, address them and send them out. If you have a large guest list, this process can take quite a bit of time.
A good majority of wedding venues will provide their own food and catering. You’ll want to take a look at the menu options before you make your venue decision. Check to see if there are menu items that you’re happy with. If not, can they accommodate you by making something else? If you have a number of people that have food allergies or intolerances, will this venue be able to accommodate them? If a venue doesn’t provide food, you’ll have to figure out a separate catering company that can bring food in.
No matter how pretty the venue is, if it is missing things you need, it isn’t going to work out. This is especially important if you are having an outdoor wedding, or if your venue isn’t traditionally used as a wedding venue. They may not be fully prepped to handle your needs, so you will have to figure out what to compromise on and what to provide yourself. Simple things like bathrooms, waiting areas, food prep, and other important things all need to be considered so they don’t cause a disaster the day of.
When it comes down to it, choosing the right venue has a lot of considerations. Just make sure that it is a place that you and your soon-to-be spouse love, and you will be able to work everything else out!
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