Choosing a wedding venue is one of the most important decisions you will make in the wedding planning process, and if you have no experience with event planning, you may not even know where to begin to look.
There are a lot of details to take into consideration as you begin to view potential wedding venues, and we’ve put together a few tips to help you get started!
Know the size of your guest list
Before you even begin to tour venues, you should have a general idea of how many people you plan to invite. A venue may be your dream location, but if it’s not large enough for the number of guests you expect, then it just won’t work. You definitely want to make sure there’s room for everyone to get on the dance floor!
A great way to figure out if a venue is large enough for your wedding or reception is to visit it when another wedding is set up. Seeing how tables, chairs, and sound equipment is set up can give you a clearer idea of how your wedding would fit into the space.
Figure out the level of privacy you need
Larger venues may hold multiple events at the same time, which means your guests could run into people at another function, or you may even have crashers. Some couples don’t mind, especially if they get to have their wedding in their dream venue. Others, however, would rather have an event space all to themselves.
Before you visit venues, sit down with your partner and discuss how much privacy you want for your guests and wedding party and how important that is to you. If you choose to have your wedding outside in a public place, like a local park or garden, be prepared for strangers wandering past. If that’s something you definitely want to avoid, opt for a private venue.
Take note of the flow and organization of the space.
When you visit a venue, pay attention to the space and think about how you would lay out your wedding or reception. Try to imagine where each event would take place, like the dancing, catering, and the dessert table. Being aware of how you want your wedding reception organized can be especially important if you’re planning on having your ceremony and reception in the same space.
Pay attention to the décor.
If you’ve already chosen the colors or theme for your wedding, you want to make sure the existing architecture and décor of your venue goes well with what you have in mind. A neutral or jewel tone will go well with almost anything, but walls with bright colors or a specific décor style can clash if you have a different style planned. If you already have a color scheme in mind, bring along samples of your colors to see how they would look in the venue.
Consider the details.
While it can be easy to focus on the big picture items, the little things are especially important. Be aware of how much parking is available at or near the venue, especially if you have a large guest list. While parking may not be a deal-breaker, it can lead to additional costs, if you have to pay for some sort of transportation to bring guests to the venue.
You should also take note of the acoustics in the venue. There may be an echo that could distort the music. And don’t forget to note the presence of electrical outlets for any equipment your band or DJ will need to plug in.
If you take the time to take note of the details in a potential venue and see how the space will work for your big day, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect venue for your wedding!