3 Big Tips to Help You Start Finding the Perfect Wedding Venue
If there is one occasion in your life you want to pull off perfectly and want to go exactly as planned, it has to be your wedding! After you are done dreaming about the perfect wedding outfit, a gorgeous ring with beautiful big diamonds and spending happy days with your new spouse, comes the big reality check – there’s a wedding to plan! Planning a dream wedding can be a monumental task to achieve if you get into stress and panic mode.
The key is to start with plenty of time at hand and get help from all the possible resources that you can. One of the key elements in the wedding will be the venues you pick for the ceremony and reception. The kind of venue or venues you decide to go with can dictate the ambiance and mood of the events in questions. It is also the base of the dream wedding you may have envisioned. Therefore, it becomes important to work on this aspect of wedding planning as soon as you can. Popular wedding venues also seem to get booked up pretty soon at the height of the wedding season.
Here are a few tips to tick off your check list when it comes to finding the perfect venue for your budget –
Determine a budget – Weddings are usually costly affairs and the venue itself can take up a big chunk of your wedding planning budget. The first crucial step you need to take is to figure out how much you want to spend. This first criteria itself will help you weed out all the numerous options that you know are out of reach budget wise. Knowing where you stand as to how much money you can spend well in advance will also give you enough time to start saving up in case you need to stretch that budget if you eventually find a place that you think is ideal despite the heavier price tag. At least aim to settle on a general figure that you can spend before you start looking at potential venues; it will do you no good to totally fall in love with a place which you eventually realise you can in no way afford.
Figure out what you need from the venue – Knowing what exactly you need from the venue for your wedding is a step you cant miss. Firstly, it is a given that the venue has to have enough room to fit the number of guests you plan to invite. Then consider other options that are important to you like whether you want a separate eating and dancing area, would you require a bar and bar area, do you need the venue to be wheelchair accessible, the lighting options and the like. You will also have to consider whether you want an indoor or outdoor venue or would like the option for both, depending on what kind of wedding you are planning. Once you have a clearer list of the basics that you just cannot do without, also give a thought to the kind of ambiance you would prefer for example is it a romantic medieval castle like atmosphere you want or a contemporary five star hotel feel. You can then start looking at potential candidates that have the qualities you are looking for and fall within your budget category.
Consider out of the box options – Although you may think you have your heart set on a particular place or venue, it might be interesting to see what else is out there. If you have always wanted a garden wedding for example don’t just look at hotel lawns, think for also taking a look at public or private parks that may be for hire. You never know what kind of gem you unearth!
When searching for a venue also consider the food and décor options that come along with it and always remember to read the fine print!
George Mathers is a wedding coordinator and planner and offers private consultations as well. He helps brides and grooms through every part of the process from finding the perfect big diamonds to planning the ideal honeymoon. He loves his job and can’t imagine ever doing anything else.