Picking out the venue is one of the most important things on your wedding to-do list. Today, there are so many venue choices, but make sure to go through all of these tips before you make your final decision.
How many guests will you have?
Not all venues can pack your 300-people guest list! Make sure to estimate the number of people you want to have with you on your special day and pick your venue accordingly. And remember, it’s always better to pick a slightly larger venue for your guest count—it’s much easier to add people than to leave someone out from your guest list!
Figure out your budget
Unfortunately, not everyone has that luck not to care about the expenses and most of us have to be careful with our budget. Luckily, there are sites like The Venue Report that give you a chance to search venues by price, location and type. This will narrow your choices and spare you the disappointment of falling in love with a venue you can’t afford. Wedding experts advise not spending more than 50% of your total budget on the venue.
Know your date
Many couples choose to have their ceremony on a date that signifies their relationship: some choose to wed on their anniversary, others want to pay homage to their parents by choosing their wedding date for their nuptials, while some want to pick a lucky date in their culture or religion. However, if you want to save up some money, try to pick a date that’s off-season (think fall and winter). You’ll certainly pay less for a winter wedding on a Friday than a summer wedding on a Saturday. So, this is also something to keep in mind when deciding on your perfect venue.
What’s your wedding style?
The venue will greatly affect your wedding style and the entire feel of the even, so it’s quite important to choose the right space with your desired vibe. For instance, if you want a very modern wedding, opt for a contemporary hotel or villa. On the other hand, more rustic weddings might greatly benefit from a similar space. If you want to have a wedding inspired by your shared love of great wine and food, check out the way the beautiful Olivigna winery does it. They organize amazing weddings and offer the best service to you and your guests in an amazing romantic setting. A venue like that will perfectly fit your rustic and idyllic wedding!
Have a walkthrough
Contact your potential venue and ask for a walkthrough. Most often, the representatives of the space will give you a guided tour and be ready to answer all of your questions (make sure to write them down in order not to skip anything important). If you can, book your walkthrough when the venue is all set up for a wedding. This will allow you to estimate the size of the space, see where the decoration can go, imagine the table arrangement, spy the position for the band and check out the dance floor!
Check out real photos
Many wedding planners and photographers have blogs where you can check out various wedding photos. Go through these sites and search for your potential wedding venue to see real-life photos that are not staged for the purposes of marketing. This way, you’ll get the best idea about what the space really looks like when it’s filled with guests, tables, decoration and celebration. This tip can be a real lifesaver in case you can’t visit your venue before the wedding.
These are just some of the most important tips that will ensure you end up with a perfect wedding venue for your special day. Now, all you have left to do is have fun with your spouse and your guests and have an unforgettable day!
Contributed by Diana Smith