How to Find the Perfect Venue
Okay, so he popped the question and you said yes, now what? Here are a few things to think about when you go venue shopping!
Pick Your Date
This is the first thing you have to do because every other vendor will ask the same question; “What’s your wedding date?”. The vendors have to check their availability, and also make sure they have enough time to get things ready for your wedding. The venue is one of the hardest things to book, so you need start looking ASAP. Try to have a few dates in mind just in case they are booked for the one you wanted.
Location, Location, Location
This is the next most important part because this will help narrow down your options. Once you have a few you like, first do a drive by. That way if you like it in person you can then call and set up an appointment to view the venue closer, or if you don’t like it, you don’t end up wasting your time.
What’s Your Style?
Do you want a beach, or country wedding? How about traditional or modern? This will play a big part in picking out where and what your venue will be. Beach front, barn, church, or old warehouse, this should also help narrow down the options.
Okay, so you think you found the venue, but when you talk to them you find out it’s too small! Make sure to ask what the capacity of the venue is before you go, so you won’t get your hopes up! If you are having a big wedding, you don’t want to find a venue too small, and if you are having a small wedding you don’t want to get a venue that’s too big and will make it look empty.
Inside or Outside
Next you need to decide if you want and inside or outside wedding. Some venues can do both, others can only do one. If you choose an outside venue, make sure you have a backup plan in case of bad weather. Some venues have tents available, and some you have to provide the tent.
Make sure to stay within your price range. The venue will be one of the most expensive purchases for your wedding, but also remember all of the other little things you will need as well. If you are trying to save, go with a venue that does not need much decorations. You may spend a little more on a “prettier” venue, but you’ll save a lot of time and money by not having to buy many decorations. Most venues have different packages to help fit your budget.
I hope these tips will help you save time (because we all know we don’t have a lot) in the venue proses! And as always, you can stop by My Wedding Group and get free wedding planning and tips!
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