Wedding Venue Shopping Tips

When you’re planning your wedding, one of the most important decisions you need to make is the venue. Not only will this set the tone for your special day, but it will also be one of your biggest expenses. It’s important to get it right! But with so many different venues to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. That’s why I’ve compiled some top wedding venue shopping tips to help you find the perfect place to say “I do”.

Figure out the basics first. Before you start booking viewings, it’s important to determine what you want and need from a venue. For example, do you want a location that is close to home, or do you want to travel? Do you need a venue that can accommodate a large guest list or one that is more intimate? Do you need a place to have both ceremony and reception or will you have them at different locations? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you narrow down potential venues. Make a list of the essential elements that you would like for your wedding day as well as your budget. This will go a long way toward helping you narrow down your search and find the right venue for you.

Start early. Venues tend to book up well in advance, especially during the most popular times of the year. So don’t wait until the last minute to start venue shopping. Try to begin your search at least six months before your wedding date (although a year is ideal).

Look at more than one venue. Even if you already have a venue in mind or fall head over heels with the first one you see online, it’s always worth looking at several options. This will allow you to compare prices and offerings. Some venues will have hidden costs, so a comparison is a good way to figure out exactly what you’re getting for your budget.

Try to keep a cool head. It’s easy to get excited when you’re touring a venue, especially if you like what you see. But it’s important to get all the information you need. Don’t be shy to ask questions! In fact, it’s a good idea to prepare a list of questions to ask and bring that with you to the venue visit. That way you’ll be able to stay on track.

Visit the venue in person. This isn’t always possible for destination weddings, for example. However, I always advise my couples, no matter where they are getting married, to do an in-person venue tour. It will not only give you the best understanding of the space, but you’ll also get a sense of the atmosphere and staff.

Ensure there’s a Plan B for weather. Although we all hope for the best possible weather on our wedding day, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate. That’s why it’s so important to know what options the venue has available in case of bad weather. Ask them to show you the different spaces available.

Trust your gut. It’s important to read venue reviews online, and you might also want to seek the opinions of your close friends or family. But when it comes to making the final decision, trust your instincts. If the venue feels right, it probably is.

Following these wedding venue shopping tips will help you find the perfect space for your special day. Good luck!


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