Every year, about 2 million people get married.
This can sometimes make it tricky to find an available venue for your wedding. It can be even harder to find the perfect venue for you.
Your venue sets the tone for your entire wedding. No pressure!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, use these tips to choose the perfect wedding venue.
Sit Down With Your Planner
If you have a wedding planner, you should definitely consult them first.
Planners have so much more knowledge about the wedding venues than you probably do, and they can help make your dreams a reality.
They may be able to find a venue that isn’t really your thing but knows how to make sure that it fits your dream and vision.
Consider Your Guest List
Before you start looking at wedding venues, you should also look at your guest list. You will need to know how many people are going to come to your wedding so that you know how big of a venue to get.
You don’t want to book a place and then realize that you won’t be able to fit everyone in it. Many venues have a maximum number of people that they will let in there at one time, and a lot of them are not flexible with that number.
You don’t need to have a completely finalized list, but you should figure out a very close ballpark number as to how many people are going to come to your wedding.
Figuring out your guest list will also help you figure out your budget too, but we’ll discuss that later.
Be Flexible With Your Dates
When you’re planning a wedding and trying to find a venue, you should also figure out what time you want to get married.
You may find your dream venue, but it may not be available for the dates that you wanted.
If you absolutely have to get married on a certain date, then you have to be okay with knowing that it will really narrow down your venue choices.
If you’re not tied to a certain date, you should have some date ranges in mind so that you can check the availability when you find your dream venue.
Location is also an important aspect when it comes to choosing a venue.
Sometimes you may want to travel somewhere new to get married, but this will drive up your cost and also could prevent some people from being able to go to your wedding.
Before you choose a venue, you should figure out if it’s easy to get to or kind of out of the way. Are you going to be giving directions to all of your wedding guests on the day of your wedding?
Come Up With a Budget
As we said before, you want to come up with a budget for your wedding venue.
If you know a price range of what you can afford, this will keep you from falling in love with a venue that is way too out of your price range. It can also help you narrow down your search so you’re not wasting your time looking at the wrong venues.
Venues can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000, so it’s important to figure out how much you want to spend on the location. You should also figure out how much the rest of the wedding is going to cost as well.
You’ll need to decide which parts of the wedding are important to spend the money on.
You should also talk about and figure out what your non-negotiables are too. Before you book a location, you should sit down with your partner about what is negotiable and what isn’t.
Choose three features that this venue must have and be prepared to walk away if the venue doesn’t have those things.
There could be all kinds of things that are on your non-negotiable list.
Have a Clear Vision
Before you book a venue, you should also figure out what you want your wedding to look like.
Everyone has a dream or fantasy about what their wedding will look like, and choosing the right venue can help make that dream become reality.
Go on Pinterest and start looking up all kinds of ideas. If you make a board of all the ideas you love, then you can show your planner, and they can help you find something similar to that.
When you start to pin things on Pinterest, you may also start to notice common themes and patterns which can help you really nail down what you want out of your wedding.
Actually Visit the Place