Somewhere between saying “yes” to the love of your life’s marriage proposal and saying “I do” on your wedding day, there’s a whole mountain load of things to think about. Not only should you pick and book a band, think about your hair, makeup, and wedding dress, but you should also find the wedding venue that would be the best for your big day. We’ve put together a few useful tips to help you find and pick the best venue for your wedding.
Set the budget
Knowing how many people are coming to your wedding will definitely help you with setting up your budget and, eventually, picking the best venue. You should carefully calculate your costs because the number of people is the game-changing factor for most couples. It affects the choice of the wedding venue, but also the food, drinks, and decorations. Pretty much everything from flowers to the wedding cake is affected by the budget, and if you know how much you can put aside for the venue itself, you’ll find it much easier to find the one that best suits your needs. Sometimes compromising is the best solution, which brings us to the core of a good wedding budget – the delicate balance between everybody’s expectations and your personal preferences.
Pick a style
If you’re going to have a specific style at your wedding, you need to see whether your venue meets your needs. You won’t be able to get a blow-out bash vibe in a rustic barn, and boho weddings are out of place in modern hotels. A lot of couples in Sydney are throwing themed weddings, and the Archie Rose whiskey distillery is a popular place for this because it brings back the spirit of the past and evokes Australia’s rich spirit-making history. Of course, sometimes it’s the details that make all the difference, so you can fill a more traditional venue with unusual decorations such as dream catchers, sunflowers, strings of pearls, and candles to make an industrial loft space in the city centre look like a boho sanctuary.
It’s really easy to find other couples who have used the same venue you’re considering and you should use this to your advantage. Talk to other couples, caterers, and photographers who have worked there and see if you can find more information. People with experience will tell you if there’s anyone who’s difficult to get along with, if there were any problems with the toilets or decorations, and what the food was like. Ask about their emergency preparedness, such as first aid and electrical generators. This will give you a good idea of what it would be like to get married there and it will help you be prepared for negotiating with the owners.
Get another look
You will probably have a few places you’ll be considering, but going back and looking at the venue again after a while will give you a better perspective. If the place doesn’t have the same charm on your second visit as it did on your first visit, you can easily move on to another place. It’s also a great idea to visit the place around the time of your wedding to see what the light will be like. Visiting the places you like more than once will help you get a better understanding of the vibe and the aesthetic of the space, and it will help you make the right decision.
The most important things about finding the right venue include knowing what you want, but also being very flexible and working with what you already have. Sometimes you’re going to have to compromise, but it doesn’t mean that your venue or your dinner/party will be disappointing. Know where to draw the line, but also be ready to adapt to changes and small obstacles that can occur.
Contributed by Diana Smith