The wedding venue is a canvas where love stories get happy endings. Your wedding can be an intimate gathering in a pleasant restaurant, or the stunning ballroom, or maybe a trendy art gallery. You can also have a big beautiful outdoor wedding on the beach, the park or the ranches, where your wedding dress gleams in the sunlight!
While there are many options for you to choose from, you must first do a little homework on the kind of wedding you want, how many guests you’d like to invite with the budget at hand. Consider this a mini-guide on finding the perfect venue for your wedding.
Have a Vision
I advise my readers to choose a venue that aligns with their vision. Its easier to get lost in the stunning Pinterest wedding photos and have your heart melt at ten different wedding styles, but first you must ask yourself what you really want? Stay true and authentic to yourself and discuss this at length with your partner to ensure that you both are on the same page. In other words, listen to your heart!
Make the Guest List
Make a guest list, to start with. Sit down and start counting people that you would like to have around you when you say “I do!”. Leave space for ten percent additional guests in case everyone checks out the plus one section, or you forget to invite someone close and realize later on.
A guest list will give you an idea about your options, and it will be easier to communicate with the wedding planner with the guest count at hand.
Consider Your Budget
As important as the last step, calculating your budget is another thing you must do before you select a venue. Include the costs of renting out the venue (if that’s what you want), the cost of decor, bridal wedding dresses, flowers, food, wine, and music. Once you get the sum, you can move on to the next step, which brings us to hiring a wedding planner.
Talk to Your Wedding Planner
At this point, you might already be having heart-to-hearts with your planner. A wedding planner can offer smart advice on the kind of suitable options you have. You can also show them pictures of weddings you like, and they will be able to give you a budget estimate.
Choose Your Wedding Dates
Do you want a summer wedding or a blooming spring one? You and your partner will have to take off time for the wedding and the honeymoon. When deciding dates, there are many things to consider like the accessibility of the venue, availability of close family and friends, the weather forecast, etc.
Planning a wedding can be stressful. Don’t hesitate to ask a friend or family member for help. It is important that you are happy, relaxed, and ready to have fun on your special day. As far as the venue is concerned, make sure to book yours as early as possible so that it doesn’t become a stressor later on!