The place where you are going to say your vows, your wedding venue, is one of the most important decisions you will be making in your wedding planning process. This could determine the theme and feel of the whole event, and will also determine how much your wedding will cost. A common mistake for couples who are in search for the perfect venue is that they tend to forget everything else once they fall in love with a place. They forget to consider if the place is even practical or if it would fit all of their guests.
Before you even sign a contract and make a mistake with your decision, here are some questions you should ask yourself to find a wedding venue that is appropriate for you.
Where do you want to get married?
Before you search for wedding venues, make up your mind and decide where you want to get married. There are so many great places for weddings. You can have a destination wedding and invite some of your close friends to celebrate the event with you or you could just have a grand wedding in your hometown where you can invite all of your family and friends. You could also consider a place that is significant to you and your fiancé.
How much is your budget?
It would be a waste of time if you will search for wedding venues that is way beyond your budget. There are so many great venues and most of the great ones cost a lot. If you want to save more while choosing the perfect venue, book in advance. Most of the time you can get great discounts if you book with them eight months to a year before the wedding takes place. Also, remember that the popular venues are always full so it is just practical to search and book way in advance. If your wedding is near and you still haven’t found your location, it is also possible that you will have a difficult time finding a great place and if you do, they will ask you to pay more.
Do you want to get married in a church, a religious location or in your main venue?
Some wedding venues may allow you to have your ceremony in their place while others are only meant as reception venues. If you are going to have a church wedding or your ceremony will be in a religious location make sure that it is not far from your reception area. As much as possible, your ceremony and reception should be near each other so that your guests will not feel tired from travelling. Make it an hour away and some of them may not even be present at your reception. It is generally preferred to choose a central venue that everyone can easily access.
How many guests are you planning to invite?
Size matters when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding venue. While a small room with a lot of guests will make everyone feel crowded, a large venue with just a few guests can make everyone feel distant. Numbers matter especially that venues also has their own capacity. You should also consider if the location can accommodate children and if they can still accommodate additional guests.
Once you know what you are looking for and the area from which you are going to search for wedding venues, then it is time to find the right place. You can ask friends for some ideas about an ideal place they were impressed with. You could also look for some ideas on magazines, but the easiest way to search for the right place these days, is through the Internet. Google search wedding venues that is within your area and you will automatically see hundreds of available venues to choose from. The same goes if you are going to have a destination wedding.
Once you have found a couple of venues, your next task is to visit them. Better prepare yourself for a couple of questions that you should not miss asking. Here are just some of them:
- Do you have a pre-set list of caterers I can use, or is alright, if I could choose my own?
- Is it possible to bring my own liquor? Is there a corkage fee? Do we need to get a license for the liquor?
- Is there a cake cutting fee? Can I choose my own baker?
- What are the bathrooms like?
- Is parking easily accessible to guests? Do they have to walk long distance to reach the place?
- Do they have a time limit? Is the venue paid by the hour? Do I have to pay for extra hours?
- What are the extra fees or hidden costs?
- Do they have refund and cancellation?
Ask as many relevant questions as you can. Finally, before you sign their contract be certain that you have read and understood it. Better have another person read it for you to make certain that you do not miss anything.