Selecting the venue is a key decision that engaged couples have to reach, one that makes or breaks the whole event. It sets the tone and can influence décor, attire, budget, number of attendees, etc. What is more, there is a whole bunch of other aspects to factor in before taking the plunge. It is clear that finding the perfect place is not easy, but by following some simple steps, you can throw a memorable event and avoid being surprised by Mother Nature’s mood swings.
Some general rules apply. One of the first things to do is evaluate how many people will show up. Note that every venue has a minimum and maximum guest count and in case the attendance number ends up smaller than anticipated, you may have to pay for extra plates, etc. Speaking of which, have an open conversation with your fiancé as well as potential financiers. Figure out how much you are willing to spend and come up with a budget.
Furthermore, utilize online directories to find the perfect place to hold the special event. Platforms like The Venue Report allow users to search by location, size, price, type, and other criteria. Try to find real, non-staged photos of venues that look promising as well as rates and reviews. All that is left is to choose the time of the wedding. Many couples pick a specific date that bears meaning to them, but it makes sense to think in terms of seasons and times of the year.
In good season
Different types of venues (historical, outdoor, hotel, restaurant…) fit different seasons. Summer and spring provide more freedom of choice and entice people to opt for outdoor venues and breathtaking sceneries such as rooftops and national parks. Indeed, places that are naturally impressive do not require much in the way of beautifying and décor. Take the example of botanical gardens, apple orchards, theme parks, tree houses, and conservatories that provide soothing natural bliss right off the bat.
We have seen some striking barn, warehouse, and factory weddings, yet they are not everyone’s cup of tea. Likewise, a converted building is a bold statement with an incredible ambiance, but it could have no electricity or a roof. So, if you intend on doing everything in one place, including the ceremony and reception, it might be wise to choose a venue with different options and capacity. Either you secure an all-inclusive place or you need to do a “flip” and transform the area during the cocktail hour.
Sky is the limit
Weather-dependent venues always involve that risk of unfavorable conditions. Marrying on a boat sounds awesome; however, many people overlook uninvited guests such as strong winds and waves. Therefore, recognize hidden issues and costs beforehand. Sometimes you have to worry about hotness, not rain and wind. For instance, there is no shortage of amazing wedding venues in Sydney that can blow your mind, but summer season can get pretty hot Down Under.
In any event, try to think outside the box. An indoor wedding does not always have to involve a restaurant or hotel. Even grand banquet halls and lavish resorts are not as popular as before. More and more couples are leaning towards historic museums and the marble-laden halls. They want to express their unique individuality and marry on their own terms, while not shying away from the unconventional and flat-out jaw-dropping venues.
Zoos and aquariums are increasingly popular, and people even get hitched underwater. But hey, if you want to play it safe and traditional, by all means, go for it. And whatever you choose, do not forget to take into account factors such as parking, transportation, facility extras, and catering. Double-check availability of the venue well ahead of time. Ultimately, the most important thing is that the venue fits your vibe, expectations, and taste.
Different strokes for different folks
Wedding planning can be a daunting endeavor. Still, to eliminate the unnecessary stress and frustration, you should take a proactive approach and do the spadework. Unlike pretty much everything else, the venue is not optional. So, weigh your options carefully: You can go for everything from traditional, surefire indoor venues to the captivating open locations that speak volumes for themselves. Whatever floats your boat, let it be a day to remember and cherish for the rest of your life.
Contributing Author: Claire Hastings is Australian designer, writer and regular contributor at ripped.me. She’s been writing as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. Social media links: facebook, twitter