If you and your girlfriend recently got engaged, chances are one of the things you’ve been thinking about is where to tie the knot.
Choosing a wedding venue is definitely one of the most important parts of the planning since it does dictate pretty much everything else involved with the ceremony like decorations and the size of your guest list.
Here are a few major tips to consider when it comes to picking out the perfect venue for you and your future wife…
Estimate Your Budget
How much are you willing to spend on your wedding venue? The venue will most likely take a large chunk out of your budget (unless you’re looking for a simple location like the backyard of your parents’ house), then you most likely won’t have to worry about large venue costs.
But if you’re looking for something else, be sure to shop around at the type of venue you’re looking for to see what the average cost is.
That way you’ll be sure to budget enough money for your location.
Figure out Your Wedding Day Style
The wedding style you and your partner envision having will definitely play a role in where you decide to have your wedding. You’ll also need to determine if you want a traditional or more non-traditional venue.
Plenty of traditional venues are most likely going to be well-equipped to handle a wedding, whereas a more non-traditional venue may require you to be responsible for a bit more of the details.
For example, most wedding ready venues often provide tables, chairs, linens, and a clean-up crew, and a non-traditional space may not provide all of that, so you’ll have to make sure to include those expenses not included into your budget.
Visit Potential Venues More Than Once
Once the two of you have finally narrowed it down to a few potential venues, it’s time to revisit each of those venues to see which one resonates with you and your partner the most. Do the venues have the same charm as before? Are they big enough to accommodate all of your guests? Do they fit your intended wedding style?
It’s also a good idea to visit the venues around the same time of day you intend to have your wedding, that way you can see how the lighting and all around look of the place is for when you’ll be taking pictures. Visit each finalist venue a couple of times if you need too.
That way you’ll be more than sure of your perfect choice.
Have a Guest List Estimate in Mind
How many guest to you plan to invite to your wedding? You’ll need to make sure your choice of venue will be able to accommodate however many people you decide to invite.
If you and your partner want a small wedding, then it’s probably not a good idea to rent out a banquet hall. But that banquet hall could work perfectly if you intend on inviting a lot of people.
So it’s definitely a good idea to at least have an estimate about your guest list before you start looking for a venue.
Be Sure to Check About Religious Ceremony Requirements
If you intend to have a religious wedding ceremony, you’ll need to first find out if you’re required to have the ceremony in a house of worship. If your religious leader is able to come to a venue, then you don’t have to worry as much about this.
However, you do need to make sure he or she would be available around the time of year you and your partner want to get married.