Having trouble finding your perfect wedding venue? Chelsea Boehler from Dream Team Events offers her advice on the important factors to consider.
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The main factors for determining your wedding venue are:
- Convenience (parking, ADA compliance)
- 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?
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It’s time to test the venue, and ask yourself the following questions:
- Does it fit our budget?
- Does it include catering or can I pick my own caterer?
- Will I need additional rental items for this venue and do those things fit our budget?
- Is it convenient for all of our guests?
- Is it easy to find?
- Are there any limitations with the venue and do those limit what we want to do there?
- Does the capacity of the venue allow for all of my guests or will I have to limit our guest list?
- Is the ambiance what I really want for the ceremony and reception?
- Will I have to pick a separate ceremony and reception venue or is it all inclusive for both?
- Will they allow all of the vendors I would like to use?
- 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.
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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.