A wedding is one of the grandest ceremonies to experience not only for couples but for their families – a time to reunite and unwind with their loved ones & a time to celebrate LIFE and LOVE! Planning a wedding is an exciting and momentous journey, and one of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing the perfect wedding venue.
Planning a wedding is a whirlwind of excitement, emotions, and endless decisions to make. One of the most crucial choices you’ll face is selecting the perfect wedding venue. It’s the space where your love story unfolds, where you’ll say “I do,” and where memories will be etched forever. In this blog, we’ll guide you through the process of choosing the ideal wedding venue, unlocking the magic and helping you create the wedding day of your dreams.
Most couples picture the big day to be magical from the location of the reception to the littlest detail of the event that would, later on, be translated into memories in pictures and videos. Yes, a series of preparations, appointments, and last-minute decisions are necessary to make that happen but let’s not forget all of the little, fun, unique elements that you are able to incorporate that are going to be so fun!
Let’s first know the benefits of being prepared!
Organization is a key factor to make everything coherent and consistent, but you have to make sure that you are also enjoying the process. It is your wedding after all! Don’t get swayed by the littlest glitches and look closely at what truly matters: celebrating love and commitment while being surrounded by your beloved family.
What happens if you are not prepared and if you’re not asking the right questions?
Perhaps, it all comes down to budget for you? However, there is so much that goes into cost & it varies greatly by the venue as some venues are a venue only, some are semi-inclusive & others are all-inclusive. We want you to be ready!
However, there is so much to consider when discussing the cost of the venue!
That is truly a loaded question.
Be sure to download your Venue Site Inspection checklist here that goes along with your guide!
Is the cost that they have given you, the venue only?
Have they included chairs, tables, linens?
Perhaps some decor?
Is the price they have given you, semi-inclusive?
Perhaps they have included the catering in that price so it seems way more expensive than the other venues you have spoken to. Whereas other venues may have been all-inclusive venues and have included costs for the venues, all vendors, set up, break down, coordination, decor, and everything is already done for you.
Now, let’s answer some of the frequently asked questions for couples who are ready to start searching for the perfect wedding venue!
To make sure that you are choosing the ideal wedding venue, you have to ask questions about the availability of your preferred wedding date and if you will have exclusivity at the venue. Also, you can ask if you can have outside caterers for your reception. Of course, do not forget the logistics and accommodation of the venue. We have an entire list of questions to ask, no worries!
A venue tour approximately lasts about 45 minutes which includes a guide, the standard visit, and consultation.
To make the most out of it, don’t be hesitant to ask questions so that you are able to confirm everything the venue has to offer regarding your wedding package of choice.
Some concerns that you may not have thought of, but are important include:
bathrooms-guest spaces-accommodation (if any)-parking-lighting-anything else that can make your guests feel comfortable & safe.
Of course your venue must give you the vibe you are looking for as well!
To give you ample time to sort things out, you should plan to book the wedding venue at least nine months before the preferred wedding date. However, the earlier the better as venues and vendors are typically booked a year and a half out. I am sure you would like the first choice of venues & vendors.
There is no specific number of how many venues you should visit. The key is to view venues that align with your vision and preferences. Some couples view 3-4 venues, but once you are connected with a venue, make sure to not lose your opportunity to book them!
Choosing the perfect wedding venue is a significant step in planning your special day. It sets the tone, creates the atmosphere, and becomes the backdrop for cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Selecting the perfect wedding venue is an essential step in creating the wedding day you’ve always dreamed of. By reflecting on your vision, considering budget, location, capacity, amenities, and personalization options, you can make an informed decision.
Go forth with confidence, trust your instincts, and let your imagination soar as you choose the venue of your dreams.
Have fun planning and best wishes for a wedding day filled with love, happiness, and cherished memories that will last a lifetime!
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