A Guide on How to Book the Best Wedding Venue for You

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November 17, 2022

When planning their wedding, many couples face the age-old challenge of selecting the perfect venue. Do you go with the traditional church setting or branch out to more creative places, like a museum or a warehouse? 

Well, it depends on what you and your partner want! Selecting the right place will take some forethought and planning ahead of time. This process can be stressful and frustrating if you don’t know where to start, and no one should be stressed out while planning their dream day.

So how do you select the wedding venue that’s right for you? Here’s a helpful guide that will take you from wedding venue novice to venue grandmaster. Let’s dive in!

Before you start scouring the internet for a venue, take some time to think about all the things you want and need in a venue. Knowing these key elements will make the process easier. These are the most important things to consider:

Determine how far it is from friends and family.

If you plan on having a large wedding, it’s a good idea to pick a venue that is centrally located for most, if not all, of your guests. If a destination wedding is what you’re after, keep in mind that some of your invited guests will not be able to make it.

Make sure it’s within your budget.

It may be tempting to opt for a grand space outside of your budget, but keep in mind all the other things you need to pay for to bring your dream wedding to life. There’s no point in having an extravagant venue but not enough funds to cover flowers, decorations, quality catering, and other essentials!

Ensure it will be available on your wedding date.

Start the wedding venue shopping process early to secure your spot for popular venue sites, especially if you’re getting married during wedding season. Many venues book up fast, so before you get your heart set on one, make sure you can reserve a time that aligns with your ideal wedding date.

Does it fit your theme?

You wouldn’t want to get married at a Victorian-era chapel if you’re going for a rustic, country theme. Likewise, a minimalist art gallery won’t fit into your kitschy vintage design! Pick a venue that matches your theme and aligns close to your vision.

Determine how many people it can accommodate.

Make sure the venue you select has enough space for all expected guests. Of course, make sure that the maximum guest count can fit all of your guests — but consider the space, too. A venue that is too large for its guest list can also be a problem, as you’ll have trouble filling it out (and might end up costing extra to add in more décor!).

Be aware of the rules.

Inquire about the venue’s rules and restrictions to make sure you will be able to do all the things you plan for your big day like bringing in outside caterers, live music, and so on. Also, be mindful of their fire code if you plan on having open flames, like candles, fireworks, or sparklers. 

With these elements in mind, you will be able to select the venue of your dreams in no time without stress and frustration! Most importantly, remember to stay true to yourself and what you really want. Your wedding will be a once-in-a-lifetime moment you’ll want to enjoy to the fullest!

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