December 27, 2016
You’ve found the perfect bride or groom. You’ve bought the perfect dress or tux. You’re expecting a perfect wedding! Now all you need is the perfect wedding venue. Having a perfect wedding relies largely on having a perfect venue. That’s why you should treat finding a wedding venue as if you are buying a new house. It is, after all, where you will receive and treat your friends and relatives in probably the most memorable night of your life.
Here are some tips to help you search for that perfect wedding venue:
- Trust your instincts! As soon as you arrive in a particular venue you will automatically have a certain feeling towards it. You should trust your instinct. If you feel a certain positive vibration to the venue then that’s a good start. In the same way, you will know automatically if a certain venue is not right for you and your wedding. This doesn’t mean though that you should not be logical in choosing the perfect wedding venue. It’s the place where you will exchange vows with the person you love so it has to feel right.
- Take your time! Don’t ever rush in choosing the perfect wedding venue. A wedding is a very important event so take time to get the venue right. Ideally, you should start looking for a venue two years to at least one year before the wedding date. This would give you enough time to make the right decisions and change the venue in case anything happens but remember some venues are booked 2 years in advance.
- Consider the size! The size of the venue is a very important consideration. If the venue is too small, the wedding might be cramped and uncomfortable. If it’s too big, it might lose its intimacy; this is all based on how many guests you choose to invite. So before looking for the perfect wedding venue you must at least have a rough idea of how many guests you will be planning to invite. Be as precise as possible. You cannot say that you’re planning to invite from 200 to 500 guests. The 300-person difference would matter a lot in terms of the venue size. You must also leave ample space for the dance area. The more guests you have, the larger space you need to allot for the dance area.
- Check the parking space! One of the top complaints of wedding guests is the lack of parking space. Be sure that the wedding venue you will choose has ample space for all your guests. Parking may be a minor consideration but it can spell the difference between a happy guest and a dissatisfied one.
- Know the restrictions of the venue! Be sure to ask about the restrictions of a wedding venue if there are any. There may be restrictions about noise so you might not be able to employ a band or even a sound system. Some venues have time restrictions while some would allow you to party all night long. There are even venues with decorations restrictions. Check if the wedding venue would allow you to bring your own caterer, florist, decorator, etc. because there are venues that have preferred contractors and suppliers.
- Draw a layout of your wedding! Have a layout of your wedding ready to refer to. Before choosing the perfect wedding venue, you must already have a layout (either on your mind or drawn into paper) of your wedding. You must know where you want guests to sit, the reception area, the dining area, etc. Then check if the venue fits your layout or if you can adopt your layout to the options the venue presents.
Now that you have chosen the size of your guest list, chosen a wedding layout and considered parking for your guests, go ahead and take your time to tour the venues you want. Trust your instincts, if it feels wonderful when you drive up and even better when you walk through the door, go for it! Don’t forget to check for venue restrictions, preferences and preferred vendors, ask lots of questions on your tour and take notes, spend time getting your questions together before your tour and make sure to communicate with your venue coordinator as often as needed to make sure all the details have been addressed before you sign on the dotted line.