If you have an endless budget (which most brides don’t), but if you do, then choosing the right wedding venue is not going to be all that hard. However, if your budget is tight and every penny counts, then doing the right kind of research is essential to selecting the perfect venue. All too often, couples realize that their venue is more expensive than they can afford, but at the end of the day, they end up having to make sacrifices to pay for their mistake
The first step to finding the right wedding venue is to make sure that it is within your reach and you can reasonably afford it. When we mean reasonably, it means you won’t have to take out a second mortgage on your home or sell your car in order to make the venue happen. As a quick tip, don’t even look at venues that are beyond your price range as looking at what you can’t have can make you feel depressed.
The next step is to consider whether the venue you want to rent is going to be available on your big day. There is nothing worse than finding the perfect venue, only to realize down the road that you won’t be able to book it on the date and time you need it for. Most venues post their schedules on the Internet, but if not, you can always give yours a call to double check.
Take a look at your guest list, and consider how many people you will need to fit into the venue. Many venue representatives often give you a maximum capacity number, and that could be a problem. Just because you can in theory fit 200 people into the room, it doesn’t mean you should. Your guests will need all the elbow room you can provide, and if there will be dancing, no one should be bumping into someone else.
After you’ve considered the technical side of things, you can also take into consideration about how you really feel about the space. Does it work with the theme of your wedding? For example, if the space feels very modern with a hipster vibe and you’re planning a Renaissance wedding, that venue may not be the right place for you.
It also makes sense to consider the overall space and the layout of the venue. If you have a DJ, tables, and a stage to consider, it is important that all of those things have designated spot inside of the venue. There is no reason that you should have to sacrifice any of the things you want in order to squeeze into a certain venue.
As a bride, it’s important to focus on what you want, but you should take into consideration the location of the venue. If it’s too obscure and takes too long to get there, your guests may not show up. Parking is another area you have to focus on, and when your guests arrive, they should all be able to safely park somewhere near your venue. This is especially a crucial aspect of the decision making process if your chosen venue is located in the city.
Most venues do have catering restrictions when you sign with them, and these should be made absolutely clear before you put pen to paper. If you have your heart set on Thai cuisine, your chosen venue may not allow outside caterers, which can be a deal breaker. At the end of the day, you’re the one paying for the wedding venue, so you should have a say in your selection.