Say "I Do!" to the Perfect Venue
You can't have a fabulous wedding without a fabulous place to have it! I wear all the hats and love to help my couples throughout the entire planning process in anyway I can, so today I am giving you all 5 tips to picking your venue!
When Do We Book a Venue?
Selecting the venue is one of the first steps in the planning process that you should ideally book at least a year early. If you are set on a specific date, begin your search as early as possible to prevent other bookings from limiting your options!
What is the Aesthetic You are After?
Depending on the mood and look you dream of, your venue should compliment that. Envision your floral arrangements, decor, and photos there. Whether you are getting married in the northern pines, a rustic barn, a modern gallery, or a beautiful church; think of a location that is meaningful and encompasses you two.
What's Your Guest List and Capacity?
Decide your guest list before the venue search and select a venue that fits your guests comfortably. Clearly, you need to avoid it being too crowded, but you also need to avoid having too large of a venue. Many couples don't have an idea of how many guests they want to invite, so they go with a bigger sized venue just in case. This can leave the venue still feeling empty when it is so filled with happiness and love. Ideally, you want room for the dance floor, space between the tables for guests to sit comfortably, the dinner line, and space for guests to still socialize.
Go on Venue Tours
When touring a venue make sure to ask about the bathrooms, parking, curfews, restrictions, and any needed accommodations. Also find out if the venue allows your own vendors or if they only book as a package. Venue tours allow you to see the venue, interact with the staff, ask any questions, get a sense of it in person and size. Write down the answers to your questions and take lots of pictures! Keep an eye out for my next blog about everything to know before and during your tours!
Working with a Wedding Planner
A Wedding Planner has spent their entire career building a network of trusted vendors who they know will go beyond the stars to make your day perfect. Wedding planning is a long process with many moving pieces; a planner knows the ins and outs of the industry, things to avoid and look for, getting as much as you can within your budget, and are there every step of the way to ensure things go smoothly. Their goal is to help you select the best venue and vendors that make your dream come to life. Knowing how much help you need will determine the kind of planner you should look for, whether its a full service planner or a day-of coordinator. If you are planning an extravagant wedding, heavily decorated venue, multiple venues, lots of guests, have limited time before your date, if you and your partner have different dreams, or want to relax on your big day and let someone else run the show- a Wedding Planner could make the process that much easier for you.