3 Things to Consider When Researching Venues

Finding the perfect wedding venues is an important step in planning your big day. A venue can set the stage for the entire event and is one of the larger budget items as well. Here are three important factors to consider during your search:

Capacity and Layout: Before visiting potential wedding venues, consider the number of guests you expect to invite. Look for venues that can comfortably accommodate your guest count. Consider the layout of the venue, including indoor and outdoor spaces, ceremony and reception areas, rental timeframes, dance floors, and amenities such as restrooms and dressing rooms. Ensure that the venue's layout aligns with your vision for the flow of your wedding day events. Ask them about exclusivity on the day of your event. Will you be the only wedding taking place that day or do they hold multiple events per day?

Services and Amenities: Inquire about the services and amenities offered by each wedding venue to determine if they meet your needs and preferences. Ask about packages and pricing options, catering and bar services, rental items such as tables, chairs, linens, and décor, and any additional services such as event coordination, setup, and cleanup. Consider whether the venue provides on-site staff or requires you to hire outside vendors for certain services. Evaluate the flexibility of the venue's policies regarding outside vendors, decor restrictions, and event timing to ensure they align with your vision for your wedding day.

It can be beneficial to ask for a total cost estimate before you set up a site tour with a venue, especially if they require you to use their in-house catering services. If the estimated cost is outside your allocated budget, then it may be best to remove a venue from your list of potential options. It’s no fun to fall in love with a space just to find out that it is outside of your budget.

Location and Accessibility: Consider a wedding venue that is conveniently located for you and your guests. Think about factors such as proximity to transportation hubs, hotels, and airports for out-of-town guests, especially if your wedding will be a designation event for the majority of your guests. Evaluate the accessibility of the venue, including parking availability, wheelchair accessibility, and any special accommodations needed for elderly or disabled guests. Additionally, consider the surrounding area and its suitability for photo opportunities, things to do, nearby accommodations for guests, and any noise or privacy concerns.

By considering these factors when researching wedding venues, you can find the perfect location that meets your needs, accommodates your guests, and sets the stage for a memorable wedding weekend!

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