dining tables in a marriage hall

dining tables in a marriage hall

Choosing the right wedding venue is one of the first decisions a couple needs to make about their special day. Check out our ideas to consider.

When planning your wedding, how can you decide what wedding venue to use? From figuring out whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding to learning your budget and how much you can afford to pay for a wedding venue, figuring out the best venue can be difficult.

Finding the Venue

The first thing you want to do before you do any other type of planning or searching is to talk to a wedding planner. They know so much more about the specifics of building space—occupancy, area, layout, design, and everything you need to make it the perfect space for your wedding. Your wedding planner will know exactly how to fulfill the dream wedding you have in your mind, so they’re the best ones to have with you whenever you talk to a wedding venue. They’ll know if a space will work with what you want or if one venue isn’t a good idea because it won’t work for whatever reason. Consult with your wedding planner first and foremost when choosing your wedding venue.

Along with that same note, you also want to choose a wedding venue that you want to have. Whatever dream you’ve imagined your wedding to be, make sure that your venue lines up with that perfect image in your mind. If you visit a place and it’s decent but doesn’t line up with what you want, be honest about it. Don’t be afraid to turn down venues that don’t work. You also want to consider your guests.  How far are they driving, and is that a concern? Do you want an outdoor wedding or an indoor one? What is your theme and colors?

How Many Guests?

Thinking about your guests is another thing to consider when choosing your wedding venue. You have to know the number of guests that are going to be attending your wedding so that you can choose a venue that isn’t too large—that way you don’t have too much open, blank space—or one that’s too small without enough room for everyone. It’s about finding a balance between a venue’s occupancy and how many guests will be attending your wedding.

One of the most important parts of figuring out what venue to use for your wedding is your budget. You aren’t just paying for the use of the place itself, but the décor and floral design as well. You need to know exactly how much you can afford and what the venue and decorations are going to cost, so you know how much you can use. It helps to break down your budget by category and then set which one takes priority over others.

For example, if you have a specific venue in mind, but it’s more expensive, you may decide to go with it and can cut back on the decorations, or vice-versa. This is where your wedding planner can help you learn to stay under budget and choose a professional place that aligns with your dream wedding that is also affordable so that you won’t waste your entire budget.