Times change, as do traditions, and just a few decades ago it was unimaginable to have a rustic but luxurious wedding or to organize a destination wedding for you and a few close friends. Even though the changes in the wedding industry are in full swing, there are a few things that you just can’t skip – venue being one of them. There are so many options to choose from that you’ll find yourself in trouble if you put it off for too long. We’re here to help you out with these foolproof tips on choosing the perfect venue for your big day.
Before you even start looking at available spaces, it’s important to consult a professional. Talking to experienced wedding planners will help you make the best decision and you’ll have a clear vision of your wedding day afterwards. Wedding planners have experience in these matters, they’re more familiar with different spaces and their capabilities, they know the different layouts and will be able to point you in the right direction, thus saving you a lot of time (and nerves). Not just that, but they can tell you how much time you’ll need to adapt or transform the space so that it best suits your needs. They are creative people who will help you find ways to make the venue really amazing and a true reflection of who you are.
Have a vision
Having said that, we also must emphasize the importance of knowing what you want. We don’t mean that you should have a single venue in mind, but more of a general idea or a vision. Looking for venues will be much easier when you have an aesthetic in mind. Art galleries and restaurants are great for modern weddings, while romantics will always be more inclined to choose a charming garden wedding reception instead, or even a barn wedding. Depending on your vision, you should look for spaces that incorporate more natural elements such as parks or even ranches, or you could turn towards hotels and restaurants instead.
Know your numbers
This should go without saying, but the perfect venue should be able to accommodate all of your guests. It doesn’t mean much that you’ve found the place you fell in love with if you have to cut down your wedding guest list drastically. The opposite is also true – your small wedding party will look lost if you book a huge restaurant. The guest list should be prepared in advance because that will also be an important factor when you start looking for venues. Make sure there’s enough space for everyone to sit comfortably and have dinner or lunch, but don’t forget that there will also be some dancing (a dance floor is usually a must for many couples).
Don’t get too excited
Last, but definitely not the least – always remember your budget when you’re out ‘hunting’ for venues. It’s easy to get distracted when you find something you really like, but keep in mind the fact that you’ll have plenty of other things to spend your money on – the wedding dress and cake, music, food, the photographer and the honeymoon, and you don’t want to regret spending too much on the venue later on when the time comes to buy accessories or order the cake.
Remember, just because your dream venue might not be available at the time, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to have a wedding of your dreams. You should always be ready to compromise and keep your mind open to some other options. After all, the most important thing is to celebrate your love with the people you love, nothing else is as important as your happiness.