Things to Keep in Mind as You Select a Wedding Venue
There are few bigger wedding decisions than selecting where the event itself is going to be held. The venue sets the tone, helps to determine the size of the guest list, and serves as the backdrop of your most special memories (not to mention photographs). Does your traditional eye pull you toward a classic cathedral? Do you aim for an outdoor venue overlooking a scenic landscape? Whatever your preference may be, you need to decide on a venue pretty early on.
This is no small choice to make, so you should do so carefully. Here are some considerations for you to keep at the forefront of your mind as you weigh the options before you.
Do you have the date already set in stone? Then you need to get on course to booking that venue! Some venues fill up their calendars pretty quickly, so the earlier you can do this, the better. Try to book 12-18 months ahead. If your wedding will be taking place earlier than that, you’d be in good form to call the venue directly and inquire as to their schedule around your date. You might get lucky with an open availability, but this is not a guarantee.
Naturally, you will need to take your guest list into consideration. Will the venue comfortably host everyone you plan to invite? Is the size and layout of the venue enough to accommodate not only your wedding guests but also vendors or a band? If any of your intended guests have physical limitations, is the venue easily accessible for them? The comfort of your guests is incredibly important if you want to help things go along smoothly on the big day.
What other features come with the venue? You should know exactly what you are paying for and what you may have at your disposal, such as:
- Lighting equipment
- In-house catering
- Sound equipment
- Bar service
Know what you will end up shelling money out for, as well as what you won’t. When you know what amenities the venue does or does not provide, you can make plans around it.
Would you like your wedding reception to take place in the same location as the ceremony? You need to make sure that the location is capable of handling the type of reception that you’re after, as well as the wedding ceremony itself. If your intent is to book two separate venues, make sure to treat the venue for your reception as just as high a priority as the one for your wedding ceremony. Book early!