The proposal has happened. You’ve figured out a date and a guest list. You’ve even been to your first wedding expo! What’s next on the list? For me, it was getting a venue. The best spaces get booked quickly, and I knew that it was important to find my perfect space early on. But how do you go about finding your ideal venue? It’s actually a lot easier than you would think!
The first thing you’ll want to do is some online research. I went ahead and created an account on a wedding website to help narrow down the venue list. These sites are super helpful because a lot of wedding venues have profile pages that offer a ton of information. Alongside that, other couples are able to leave reviews. This is amazing because sometimes a place that looks wonderful on the outside can turn out to be less than wonderful when it comes to the people who run it. You’ll want to make sure you can get all the information you can before signing any sort of contract.
After putting together a list of places, you’ll want to schedule a time to go out and visit the venues. Not only will you be able to get a feel for the place, but this is also your chance to ask questions. The top questions on my list were:
- What exactly comes with the venue (any tables, chairs, linens, etc)
- What decorating is allowed
- How long would I have the venue space for
- What the overall cost is/what the deposit is going to be.
Following your visits, you’re going to want to put together a pro/con list for each venue along with adding up all the costs. While there are some venues out there that are on the cheaper side, they might have a lot of little add-ons that you wouldn’t normally think about. For example – you might have to rent tables and chairs, you might have to spend more on decorations, you’ll have to look into linens, etc. It’s now that you have to decide whether you’re willing to pay a bit more for a convenience fee or if you’re leaning more towards the DIY side.
Remember, it’s also important to trust your gut feeling. The first venue I found online I really fell in love with. The event company was in the process of building a new event center and I loved the look of it. It was a little out of my budget, but I was told that they were offering a special discount to the first brides who book it. I was over the moon! Then reality hit. Even if I was one of the first brides to book the space, because I was getting married in 2019 (not 2018), I wouldn’t be able to receive the offer.
Unfortunately, that experience left a bad taste in my mouth – if they were telling me one thing and then doing another before I had even signed a contract, what were they going to be like after? Thankfully that was all a blessing in disguise because we found a venue that we love even more.
Wedding planning can be stressful at times, there’s no doubt about it. But checking items off your list early can help you enjoy this time. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you find the wedding venue of your dreams!
Where is your perfect venue? Already married – what was your space like?