How to Pick a Wedding Venue: 10 Essential Tips

Planning a wedding is tough. There is so much involved, and sometimes you don’t even know where to begin.

Choosing the right place for your wedding is usually the first step yet, one of the hardest ones. Either they all seem perfect, or none of them seems to match your needs.

No need to panic. Here is your complete guide on how to pick a wedding venue by following 10 simple steps. 

How to Pick A Wedding Venue

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to choosing your ideal wedding venue. So, we’ve broken down the process into 10 steps that can help you choose easily.  

Don’t Procrastinate

There is so much involved when it comes to planning a wedding—the centrepieces, the flowers, the invitations, the guests, and so much more. Clearly, you want to get a jump start on things as soon as you can.

The wedding venue should come first. Don’t leave it for the last minute. Wedding venues can quickly get booked up even a year in advance.

The sooner you get started looking at places, the sooner you and your fiance will make a choice.

Look at Your Budget

Weddings are expensive, and one of the most expensive things out of the entire wedding is the venue.

Once you and your fiance have your budget figured out, research potential venues that fit within your price range and make a list, by doing so, it will help you narrow down your options and make your decision simpler.

Think About Your Guests

Keeping in mind who will be attending your wedding can help you choose the right venue.

For example, if you decided to invite a lot of people, look at venues that have enough room capacity for all your guests. The same thing applies if you choose to go with a more intimate wedding and fewer guests. In that case, a smaller venue would probably be best.

If most of your guests are flying in from out of town or if you decide to plan a destination wedding, then look into venues where your guests can have easy access to get there. Maybe look into a venue where there is plenty of hotels nearby so that the experience can be less of a hassle for your guests.

Your Wedding Theme

The theme of your wedding plays a big part when it comes to choosing a wedding venue. If you decided to go for a rural/country theme, it wouldn’t make sense for your reception to occur in a hotel, for example.

The theme of your wedding will always tie together, depending on the setting. Look into places that match the decorations, flowers, tables, and so on.

Under the sea theme? Look into venues near the beach. Maybe you want something more bohemian. If so, perhaps a garden or an open field will be the best fit.

Don’t Push Aside Your Dream Wedding

Your wedding day is probably one of the most important and memorable days of your life. Who knows how long you’ve been planning for this day. So, naturally, you want this wedding to be exactly what you dreamed of.

Try not to forget that. Even if you’re on a tight budget, it’s still possible to make your dream wedding come true. So, when choosing a venue, try to picture if this venue will exceed your desires.

Yet, Be Flexible

Like we discussed before, it’s your wedding day, and it should be special regardless. That being said, there’s no such thing as perfect.

You might get frustrated because perhaps everything single little thing you wanted in your dream venue isn’t available in any of the venues you’ve looked into so far. Be adaptable and try to adjust to small changes. This will increase your options and make it easier for you to make a final choice.

Make Sure It Meets Your Needs

In other words, if there are certain services that you want at your wedding, such as an open bar or a DJ, be sure that the venues you have listed as options offer these services.

Call up the venues and ask. Take into consideration other small details that might be very important such as the curfew or noise restrictions. If you want to be dancing all night with your guests, you want to be sure you won’t have any problems arising during your wedding day.

Is it Available?

It would be such a pain to finally find a venue you like only to realise then that they don’t open the time of year you want to get married or that they’re already booked.

Once you have your list of possible wedding venues, call each one and ask for their availability. Bear in mind the month your wedding will be held and the season too. Once you find out which venues will be free for your wedding day, you’ll be able to cross out venues from your list.

Visit Them in Person

You’ve now got your options narrowed down, and you’ve called up all the venues and made sure they have all the services and provisions you’re looking for. Now, all you have to do is make a reservation and visit the venue in person.

One thing is how the venues look in photos, but another thing is to actually be there. Get to the venue and have someone give you a tour and try to visualise your wedding.

Can you see people dancing on the dance floor? Can you picture yourself cutting your wedding cake with your future spouse in that venue? Is the vibe what you wanted?

Call a Professional

Weddings are hectic and very overwhelming to plan. There’s already so much to do, and the stress of it all can be a lot to handle.

Hire a wedding planner. They have different perspectives when it comes to organising events, and they know how to scan the layout of a venue depending on the kind of wedding you want. An expert’s opinion can always make it ten times easier to make a choice.

Let’s Get Started

Follow these suggestions on how to pick a wedding venue, and we guarantee that process will be easier for you. You’ll end up finding the right venue in no time.

Don’t hesitate any longer and contact us today! We have helped many couples achieve their dream weddings according to their budget, needs, as well as desires. We would be thrilled to help you out too!