There are so many factors to consider when choosing your wedding venue and with so many wedding venues available, you’d think choosing one would be simple, but it never is. There are dozens of gorgeous venues throughout the State, and whether you are having a destination wedding, a garden wedding, beach wedding or a conventional hall wedding, it is important to take your time and understand really what each venue is offering before taking the plunge and putting down a deposit. Here are 4 things to consider before choosing on your wedding venue:
There is no point going venue hunting if you don’t know the amount you are willing to spend on the venue. There are countless venues to choose from for your wedding, and some will be more appealing. However, the reality is that not every venue will fit within your budget. Also, you need to keep in mind the other expenses that may or may not be included in the venue price, such as rentals or catering. This will account for the largest chunk of your costs, up to 40 to 50 percent so stick to your budget, and you won’t have to dip into to your honeymoon funds before you’ve even said yes.
2. Number of Guest
Another important factor to consider when choosing your wedding venues is how many guests you plan to invite. Venues come in all sizes and can comfortably accommodate a limited number of guests. Comfortable is your mantra here, because a venue at maximum capacity may not provide the kind of setting that you want to offer your guests. The last thing you want to do is have your guest sitting cheek to jaw because your venue was too small for the group you are inviting.
Keep in mind that just like it’s not easy to fit a square peg into a round hole, it is not easy to plan a style-specific wedding at all venues. Every couple is unique, and weddings are a celebration that should reflect that uniqueness. Many couples think that they don’t need to decide on a wedding style early on, but I think it is one of the most important decisions because you might be able to save on decorations if you select a venue that suits your wedding day style. The wedding venue you choose should be a good fit with the colours, themes, and overall “feel” of your wedding style.
Find out if your venue is in a location that is central to most of your guests If not, you need to be familiar with local hotels where you can provide a room block to ensure that your guests can get an affordable room rate without having to spend too much time searching. If most guests are driving to your venue, make sure there are enough parking spaces for them.
Deciding on your venue is one of the first things couples check off their wedding to-do list. Once you have your event space booked, all the other pieces can then fall into place. Remember each venue is different and it is super important that you decide on one that fits your vision and budget. Know what you want when visiting your prospective venues and don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is a big decision, be sure to sit down and really weigh the pros and cons of each venue before making your final decision.
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