Choosing the perfect wedding venue is a big decision. There are so many things to consider, and your choice will play a huge factor in how your day goes. In this blog post, we’re going to cover some of the most important factors that you should take into consideration when choosing a wedding venue.
This is the most important factor. You’ll need to consider how much you are willing to spend on your event, and find a venue that fits in this budget range. The best way to do this is by breaking down all expected expenses and making sure that they don’t exceed your set budget.
What type of feel do you want for your wedding? You can have a resort wedding, a golf course wedding, a beach side wedding, a barnyard wedding and much more. The decision comes down to personal preference and what you feel defines you as a couple.
**Rules and Regulations
Study the rules and regulations of each venue before booking. Use a great resource like Wedding Wire or Wedding Maps to help you do the research. Important rules to pay attention to include the following:
- Whether or not they allow outside catering?
- What time you have to shut down?
- What time can you arrive at the venue?
- Do they have a set list of vendors or are you able to hire anyone you want?
** Time of Year
The time of year affects your wedding venue decision because of lighting and weather condition factors. Check the historical temperatures in your area for the month that you are considering to make sure you and your guests are comfortable. If it’s very hot or very cold, consider limiting your search to indoor venues only. Also, check the sunset times to ensure that you have enough daylight for the type of wedding you’re looking to have. For example, if you have a long, multi-ceremony wedding, factor in the shorter daylight timing into your planning.
*** Other Factors
The location of your wedding will have a major impact on your whole event. Here are some things to consider: accessibility, parking, level of formality you want for the day, and transportation in case it rains . You also need to think about how long guests may be outside walking from one venue to the other if you are having a multi-location wedding.
Choosing a wedding venue is a very personal decision. Some decide to have it in a backyard and others decide to “go big” with a luxury resort wedding. Whatever you choose, be sure to make it your own. There’s no “right” or “wrong” to the process and in the end, the most important thing is that you are getting married!