Wedding Venue

  • Chelsea Boehler: Quest for a Wedding Venue

    Having trouble finding your perfect wedding venue? Chelsea Boehler from Dream Team Events offers her advice on the important factors to consider.

    Deciding on a venue for your wedding might be the hardest part of planning a wedding. It seems like it would be easy, but in today’s wedding culture the sky is the limit and many non-traditional wedding venues have opened such as barns and tree farms. In fact, most weddings are now held not in churches but in private sector venues.

    This Saloon is part of the Postelwait’s CountryWeddings located in Canby, OR.

    The main factors for determining your wedding venue are:  

    • Cost/budget
    • Location
    • Convenience (parking, ADA compliance)
    • Ambiance
    • Your personalities. 

    The options are vast ranging from warehouses and lofts to beaches and 5-star hotels.  I help my clients narrow down their options by asking a number of simple questions about how they envision their big day. Are they want to be outside or inside? Riding into the ceremony on a horse drawn carriage? What are your favorite activities? Do you like the movies? Do you snow camp or mountain climb? Is your favorite thing going to the spa? Is your favorite place the beach or your parent’s backyard? Are you wine connoisseurs? Do you love sailing? Where did you first meet and what did you do for your first date? 

    All of these questions help to narrow a couple’s vision down to who they are, how they want to represent themselves and how they want to celebrate their day with their friends and family. I am a true believer that people are most comfortable and will have more fun in a place they feel safe and that feels familiar. If you can choose such a place you will be more relaxed and have a much better experience.

    Once you have your dream venue in mind it’s time to think about all of the other factors. If your venue is specific, like a hut on a mountain, you won’t have as many options. 

    TimberlineLodge and Silcox Hut Weddings

    It’s time to test the venue, and ask yourself the following questions:

    1. Does it fit our budget?
    2. Does it include catering or can I pick my own caterer?
    3. Will I need additional rental items for this venue and do those things fit our budget?
    4. Is it convenient for all of our guests?
    5. Is it easy to find?
    6. Are there any limitations with the venue and do those limit what we want to do there?
    7. Does the capacity of the venue allow for all of my guests or will I have to limit our guest list?
    8. Is the ambiance what I really want for the ceremony and reception?
    9. Will I have to pick a separate ceremony and reception venue or is it all inclusive for both?
    10. Will they allow all of the vendors I would like to use?
    11. Do they have ample parking for our guests?

    After you answer the questions, if the venue fails the test, look for other options that might be in the same type of category of venue. If the property your aunt said you could use won’t work, look into area venues like barns and farms that may work better and already have what you need on site. If you want a beach theme but don’t want to be on sand, maybe a yacht is the way to go. 

    Wish lanterns floating out over the sea off the side of a yacht courtesy of Wishlantern

    Venue selection is like finding a shoe that fits, you will know it when you try it on. Don’t just pick a place by the visual displays online. You need to go to the venue and take a tour, preferably at the same time of year you will be married. Ask for references from past couples and do your research. 

    If you are using a wedding planner, this is when you can utilize this person to get answers to your big questions before you go. Your wedding planner is also a great resource for already knowing what a venue includes in their packaging and the price you will pay for their services. Most wedding planners have toured multiple sites and have worked at dozens of locations and will know firsthand what it is like there.

    If you need help planning your wedding we would love to be of assistance to you.  Please check out our website at  Happy Wedding Planning!

    Chelsea Boehler
    "Best Wedding Planner in Canby" by The Wedding Industry Expert Awards 2012
    Dream Team Events LLC
    o.  (503) 522-7680
  • Things to Consider When Picking a Wedding Venue

    My name is Hardy Klahold- I'm a wedding photographer living in Denver, Colorado. I'm German and when I proposed to my American wife, I was not aware of the routine I started with her, “YES”:
    After we set the budget, chose 2-3 possible dates, started a guest list, and decided on the wedding style, we had to find the perfect venue. 

    If you are in the same situation, you should give yourself a few weeks (1 to 3 max) to check and tour all of the possibilities, keep the numbers in mind, and picture your wedding day there. So what are you looking for? Look at your wedding as a picture. In this picture, you find yourself on your most important day in your life surrounded by all of your family and friends. Your wedding represents your style and the venue provides the frame of your wedding day. 

    If you have a simple and elegant wedding, you don't need a castle. Your country-style wedding fits best somewhere in the mountains, outside with a beautiful barn as a backdrop. If you prefer the urban-style elegant wedding, a rooftop right in the middle of downtown would be your place to be. It is important to set your to-do list right and everything else just falls into place.
    Sometimes my clients asked me for my favorite wedding venues, they want me to give them a referral. Of course I have my favorite venues where I shot weddings. There was castle Friedewald in Germany, built in 1491, which made for a beautiful backdrop for a wedding I shot. If you are more looking for a beach destination wedding, I love to shoot at the Kapalua Golf Club on Maui. 
    Maybe you are more the mountain wedding bride and you still like the elegance of a nice Hotel: I love to shoot weddings at “The Broadmoor Hotel” in Colorado Springs, Colorado. If you want a spectacular mountain view, I recommend in the 5 star hotel, “The Little Nell” in Aspen and plan your ceremony on the wedding deck standing 11,212 ft high on top of the mountain.

    Whichever venue you pick, make sure it suits you, your budget, and your style.  I promise you that your wedding photos will show your special day in the most perfect way.

    For more information about myself and my services as a Denver wedding photographer, visit my website.

    Hardy Klahold Photography
    [p]  (720)936-8076

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