Three Things To Consider When Choosing A Wedding Venue

When imagining your perfect wedding, you may picture you and your spouse-to-be saying "I do" on a romantic tropical island or in a charming country barn, but there are several things to consider before turning your dream into reality. 

The number one thing to take into consideration when planning your dream wedding is your budget, but there are several other things that can make or break a specific location or venue as well. Once you've narrowed down a few places that you can afford, make some phone calls to find out which venues can accommodate all of your needs.

If you'd like to handle most of the wedding reception details yourself, you may have more options because you'll require less of the venue. However, if you prefer to have all of the logistics, from decor to food, taken care of for you, you'll have to find a place that is equipped to take the task on.

To get you started, here are three things to consider when choosing a wedding venue:

1. Basic Details

Right after you've compiled your list of perfect wedding venues, find out if they're available on your big day and book your favorite one as soon as possible. If you're planning a large wedding, it's important to inquire about the venue's capacity as well.

Ask about what is included in the rental price, such as bathrooms and a bridal room to get ready in, a coatroom to hold guests' belongings during the event, and a cocktail lounge area. If your wedding takes place during a time of year with nice weather, you can also ask if any outdoor event space is available. 

2. Set-Up and Decor 

If you're handling all of the set-up and decorations yourself, find out what the venue allows. For instance, ask if you're allowed to hang decor from ceilings, rearrange existing furniture, or replace it with your own rented pieces for the event. 

As another option, ask if the venue offers any package deals with a local event management company that an transform the space and give it a personal touch for you. Let them know your wedding theme and/or colors, and they an customize the look of the venue.

3. Food and Liquor

If you plan to cater the event yourself, find out if the venue offers any kitchen space for prep and storage, and if they provide buffet-style tables for serving. Some venues also include catering services at an additional cost or as part of a package deal, if you'd rather leave the menu planning to the professionals. 

Also, if you plan on serving alcoholic beverages, make sure the venue has a liquor license.