Updated: Jan 8
Selecting your venue is one of the first tasks you will check off your wedding planning checklist and perhaps one of the most important. Your wedding venue will set the tone for your wedding day and you want to make sure it checks all your boxes. On average, couples spend about 10-15% of their overall budget on their venue. If it is an all-inclusive venue, it could cost up to 20% of the budget.
There are several things to consider BEFORE you even begin your venue hunt:
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1. TAKE SOME TIME TO SIT DOWN AND COMMUNICATE YOUR VISION
Make sure you and your partner are on the same page for what you want on your wedding day and the theme you have in mind. Do you want something intimate and cozy? Or perhaps you envision a more glamorous wedding day? Making these decisions, as well as if you wish to have your ceremony and reception in the same location, are all important prior to you beginning your search. You want your venue to align with this vision and make sure it checks all your boxes. Decide on a budget together that you are willing to spend on the perfect venue.
2. TALK TO YOUR PLANNER.
This is where having a wedding planner can really benefit you as they have likely coordinated events at various venues and are familiar with the layout, capabilities and restrictions. This is a good place to start to narrow down your search to what fits your vision and needs best. Then, make sure you have a list of questions to make sure you get answered at each venue you visit. Enter your email below to receive a full list of all the questions you should ask at each venue!
3. KNOW YOUR GUEST LIST.
The final venue decision might come down to the capacity and capabilities of the venue. If you know you will be having a larger wedding (over 200 guests), your search will likely narrow based on the capacity each venue is able to hold. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a venue that can hold 200 guests and start receiving RSVPs to find yourself at 250 guests.
4. CONSIDER YOUR GUESTS’ EXPERIENCE.
If many of your guests are traveling from out-of-town or state, you want to find a venue that is close to hotels and other accommodations. If it is their first time visiting the location, you might want to find a venue that showcases the location, as well as provides opportunities for tourist activities during their downtime.
5. CONSIDER WHAT’S INCLUDED.
Many venues are all-inclusive, while there are many that simply rent as a space to hold guests. Consider everything you are receiving with each venue (such as tables, chairs and linens) when analyzing the costs and which direction is the most cost effective.
There are a lot of decisions to be made when it comes to selecting your wedding venue, but following these easy steps is sure to make the experience easier and more enjoyable.
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