After a couple gets engaged, selecting a wedding venue is one of the first (and biggest) decisions you’ll make as an engaged couple. Your wedding venue is key because it will influence your vendors, budget, décor, and even attire.
Once you have your right spot, all those wedding day details like the colours, decoration, floral etc. will fall in its place. Having a guest list before picking the venue is the ideal thing to do. The venue you pick will determine the amount of guests you can invite if you don’t have an idea of what size wedding you are going to have you will not be able to pick a venue confidently.
Decide On Your Wedding Style
Taking into account what style wedding you want, will help you choose the venues you need to visit.The venue will play a huge role in shaping the ambiance for your wedding, so have a vision of how you want your wedding day to be like.
For example, think about how the colors and of your wedding theme, will complement the venue space for a cohesive look. A venue with a natural landscape, provides an awesome backdrop while reducing how much you’ll need to spend on décor details. For classic wedding, an all-inclusive ballroom or hotel will be a great choice. We recommend boutique hotels for couples looking for a glittering modern wedding.
Don’t forget to look out for good lighting so that your guests will be able to see as the event goes on as well as backup space, should all of a sudden it starts to rain.
Civil ceremony or church wedding?
Deciding what type of ceremony you would like, will highlight the area in which you should look for a wedding venue as your wedding reception venue should ideally be within a 20 – 25 minute radius of the church.
You should also keep in mind how long it takes to get to either venue (church or reception) because this might have an impact on your day. Similarly, if your ceremony venue and evening venue are separate, will you be putting on transport to transfer guests? This will need to be budgeted for.
Budget is a key
Working out a budget will help you to shortlist potential wedding venues. Before you put down any money for deposits, it’s worth chatting at with the in-house coordinator to see if there are any deals or offers. Sometimes they may give you the bridal suite and some complimentary rooms, or offers on welcome drinks and canapés.
They might also be able to recommend suppliers that they regularly work with, who could offer discounts based on the repeat custom that the venue provides.