Choosing a venue is one of the big pieces of your wedding that needs to be decided early on in the planning process. With so many options, there are several things to keep in mind.
If you have a date that you have to have, make sure you ask if that date is available before you go to look at the space or ask additional questions. This is especially important if you are planning to get married in under a year.
If you don’t have a date set, see what they have available in a general time frame like July of the year you want to get married.
After you make sure the space you are looking at is available, the next step is to make sure it is the appropriate size. Be aware some venues will say the capacity is large but that means your guests will be in several different rooms or they will be cramped into the space. Be sure to see a layout of the maximum capacity so that you know what you are going to working with before you commit to a venue.
Another thing to consider is to make sure your venue isn’t too large for you wedding. A lot is discussed about being big enough, but if you are having under 75 people, be sure there will not be a lot of empty space. It will feel cold and uninviting.
The best case scenario is that you pick a venue that you can have the ceremony and the reception at so you don’t need to change venues. However, if you have a place you really want to get married at make sure the drive is 20 minutes or less.
Also, if you have a lot of out of town guests, make sure your venue is near a hotel or other accommodations.
Inclusive vs Customizable
If you want to make planning easy, picking a golf course or mansion that provides everything is a great way to go. If you want to be able to have control over all of the little details then you may want to pick an outdoor venue or other venue where you will need to bring most things in yourself.
Lastly, if you are having a theme or want a certain feel, make sure the venue matches. Small things like green padding on chairs with blue napkins won’t be noticed but turn of the century decor may clash with modern decor so make sure you take that into consideration when booking a venue and planning your decor.