Choosing Your Ideal Wedding Venue

Contributed by Diana Smith

Every bride wants her big day to be absolutely perfect. The endless months spent planning every detail finally pay off and you get to have your perfect day exactly the way you envisioned it. And one of the things that should be at the top of your priority list is the venue. It is the one thing that can truly make or break your wedding. So how should you choose the perfect wedding venue and what are the things you should be looking out for? Let’s take a look:

Consider the theme

When mentioning a theme, a lot of people immediately think about elaborate costumes, colorful masks and wonderland venues; but, every wedding has some sort of theme. Your theme can be vintage, minimalistic, modern, floral – but it can also be something more extravagant like pirate, animal-friendly or gothic. Deciding on a theme is difficult, but it should be the first thing you consider. If you’re pretty flexible on what you want your theme to be, you can find a venue that you like and adapt your theme to the style of the venue. However, if you are very set on a certain theme and don’t want to change it, then find a venue that wants to work with you on making your dream theme become a reality. Ask them to what extent they are willing to redecorate – or let you redecorate – and decide based on that.

The size of the party

Whether your wedding party can be considered small or big depends on two factors: the size of the venue, and the number of guests. Let’s take them one at a time: You can make a guest list way in advance, but do understand that your list will only get longer as the days go by, because you’ll keep remembering more people you should add to the list. The size of your venue directly depends on the size of the guest list, and you will have to find a place that comfortably fits all the people you want to invite. Finally, all of this depends on your budget. The venue and the catering are what the majority of your budget will go towards and you will want to make sure to stay within your limits. If you have a very strict budget, then be very careful with your guest list, because if you invite too many people you risk having a cramped space or serving low-quality food and drinks.

Weather

The final big decision is when your wedding is going to take place. If you have an exact date in mind, for example, your anniversary or someone’s birthday, be prepared to wait, or to settle on a venue that isn’t your first choice. But if you have a more loose definition, like a month or a season, you might be able to get a date much sooner. However, you have to take into consideration the weather, especially if you are going to have an outdoor wedding: if you are having your wedding in the winter, and you want some part of the ceremony to take place outdoors, make sure you have some heavy-duty silent heaters that will keep your guests warm. I had my outdoor wedding in the middle of summer, and I made sure I found the best café blinds in Sydney to keep my guests protected from the sun. I’ve also used large fans that kept the air moving during the ceremony. If the weather forecast for the day is even a little bit sketchy, make sure you have a good indoors alternative to relocate the party to if needed.

There are many more things to consider, like whether the venue has its own catering service, and does it fulfill your requirements, or do they allow other catering services to use their kitchen space to prepare the food for the party? Add to that a lot of planning, color coordinating, rehearsing and crying and you have yourself a wedding! Remember that, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what your surroundings are like and whether the flowers are the perfect shade to match the curtains; it only matters that it is the first day of the rest of your life with the person you love.

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