Choosing a wedding venue is one of the first wedding planning decisions to make that might cause frustration.
Here are few inspiring ideas for choosing the perfect wedding venue.
How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Venue
Pace yourself but start the selection early
Don’t go rushing into choosing the perfect wedding venue. Wedding is one of the most important events in your life so you will want to make a sensible decision.
Start looking for a venue at least a year before the wedding date if possible. You will then have enough time to make plans and change venue if something happens. Potential wedding venues are worth a visit, as early as possible.
Think about the size
The size of the place should be really important factor in your decision.
Pick a venue that is too small and it will be awkward and annoying for the guests. On the other hand the wedding will lose its intimacy if the place is too large.
The number of guests will dictate the size. You will need a rough idea of how many guests you will plan on inviting before choosing your wedding venue. Try to be as truthful as possible. Don’t just say I want to invite from 100 to 300 guests. Such a large variance in the number of guest will affect venue size.
Remember to leave enough space for the dance floor. The more guests you have, the bigger space you need to designate for dance and other entertainment.
Create a plan of your wedding
Have a setup on paper or your mind before choosing a wedding venue. You have to know where each of the following will be located: dining area and bar, reception area, etc. Decide whether your venue fits the setup you have in mind.
Trust your intuition
When you arrive at a certain place you will inevitably have a certain reaction towards it. Trusting your instinct is very important.
If you feel great about the venue then that’s a good start. You will know if a particular venue feels right for you or not. You shouldn’t however leave out the rational choices in picking a wedding venue.
Does the potential venue correspond to the image that you have imagined your wedding to look like. Are the facilities as well as the furniture clean and in good condition?
Review the parking area
Many people who attend a wedding complain about limited parking space.
Make sure your wedding venue has enough parking space for all of your guests. Parking may be a minor consideration but it could be the key between a satisfied guest and a frustrated one.
Find out if there are any limitations
There are time restrictions on some venues while others let you party all night long. There are even some with restrictions on what type of decorations can be used on the venue.
There might be some type of noise restriction which might affect your decision to hire a band or have a loud audio system.
Determine if the venue allows you to bring your own caterer and florist, because some might have specific professionals and contractors they would prefer you to use.
When the potential wedding venues have been reduced to a few options, you should trust in your intuition and believe that you’ll make the right choice.