Choosing a venue is an important decision to make and will kick off the rest of your planning in terms of theme, décor, catering and so on. A fun way to start is to make a scrap book of magazine inspiration and your taste will soon become apparent!
Type of wedding
As a couple; decide if you want something small and intimate, large and extravagant or something in between. Will the ceremony and reception be separate or combined? Religious traditions vs. a civil ceremony? Budget is obviously a key factor but don’t let it limit you at this early stage.
Narrow it down to a specific area and time of year then choose between an indoor or outdoor venue. Does a particular date or location bare any sentiment? Remember, Mother Nature is unpredictable so ensure for outdoor weddings there is an indoor alternative to move into for that ‘just in case’ moment!
Don’t be afraid to use your contacts & get discounted rates if you can! Always ask what is included in the rate (ie: service charges, gratuities, taxes) when getting a quote. Ensure there are no hidden surprises!
Venues may require you to use their preferred vendors and bar or otherwise pay additional fees to bring in your own.
Visiting your chosen venues
Research the venue and read testimonials from several sources. You can ask these questions over the phone first:
- Capacity of venue – standing and seated?
- Is there a food and beverage minimum?
- Clarify set up and tear down times and potential for the rehearsal to be held there
- Parking and nearby accommodations and transportation options offered through the venue – accessibility is vital!
When you are onsite, take in the surroundings, make notes and take pictures. That way you can envision what your day may look like.
Trust your instincts and don't sign on the dotted line until you are 100% happy!
Explore your options and find what suits you! Here are some visuals to help you get inspired! Happy Planning!
Article written by Keenda Sisouphanh ~ Intern at Style & Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination