If you are planning a wedding, you have a lot of details to worry about. One of the first decisions you have to make is where you are going to have your ceremony and reception. From finding the right wedding rentals to honing your guest list, there are things you can do to make the process of finding a great wedding venue easier.
- Work out your guest list. Do you know exactly who you will invite? The number of people you plan to invite will narrow down your choices for your wedding venue. On the flip side of that, if you have an idea of where you want to have your wedding when you start your planning, that may impact how many people you can invite.
- What kind of wedding do you want? Are you a casual person and are going for a low key affair with a backyard party for your reception? Are you looking for outdoor venues? You can get wedding rentals for outdoor venues and even get outdoor dance floor rentals, if you, your friends and your family are into dancing the night away. Are you looking for a traditional venue? If you are going to a place that has a lot of weddings, you may not need to handle all of the wedding rentals yourself. These places often have linens and chairs, for instance, so you will not have to worry about chair or linen rentals.
- Make a list. There are thousands of details you need to consider. The logistics of your wedding and reception need to be factored in. Do you plan to invite people with children? Do you need the venue to be accessible to friends or family with disabilities? How easy is the place to find and what kind of parking options are available? You need to make sure your guests can get to your venue. Making a list of what you need from the venue will help you keep track of all of the details.
- How much control do you want to have? Different wedding venues will come with different levels of control. If you have your event at a traditional wedding venue, you may not need to deal with all of the wedding rentals but you may not be able to get the catering you want. Ask about your options for everything from the catering to the decorations and even the cake. If you have a specific cuisine you want to serve, you need to make sure that is a possibility at your wedding venue.
- Check out your venue a few times. You should absolutely check out the venue at the time when you think you are going to have your event. You may take a tour in the morning but if you are having your wedding at night or on the weekend, you need to know what the situation is at the time and on the day of the week that you will be asking people to be there. You may get a totally different vibe from the venues when you are there at night vs. during the day.
- Do a Google search. Check out the venue. You should do this with all of the companies or contractors you use for your wedding. From your wedding rentals to the venues, you should see if there are any online reviews. Be wary of any that are left anonymously. It is much easier to leave a nasty review when people can leave their comments without leaving a name. People are much more likely to complain than compliment.
- Ask a lot of questions. if you go into your meetings with people from the venues you are looking at with a list of all of your questions, you will have a better chance of finding the right venue for your wedding. If any of the venues seem like they do not want to answer your questions, you should go to a different place. Any place that will not take the time to answer your questions, you can bet they will be hard to work with.
If you take your time and do some research, you will find the best place for your wedding and your reception.