How to choose the perfect venue for your wedding.

Choosing the right venue is a little more complicated then you might think. While most couples only focus on two things, price and aesthetic, they’re are a few other considerations you might want to consider. This article will cover a 3 things that might not cross your mind until it’s too late.

I might be a little biased on this one, but this is still a question you need to ask. “Is outside catering allowed on site?” Most venues will allow it, but a surprising number of venues have in house catering, and will not allow any others on site. Some may do it out of convenience, it’s one less thing for you to worry about. “Just pick your package, and we will take care of the rest”. Some may do it for the money, why just make $2000 off of the venue rental, when they can make an additional $3000 for food? Whatever their reason, you need to consider, are they capable of doing it? The last thing you need to do is spend money on this beautiful venue, only to settle on catering. Now don’t get me wrong they may have a qualified chef and staff, but I would highly recommend scheduling a tasting before making any final decisions.

Another huge consideration to take into play, where is the venue located? If your goal is for a big turnout, location is key! If the bride and grooms family are separated across the country, it’s reasonable to expect one half of the family to travel, but you can’t expect everyone to travel a great distance. There are so many factors that are involved with cross country travel, that I won’t even get into it, but the further you ask your guest to travel the lower your turnout will be. Rustic themed weddings have become all the rage in recent years, but when touring those shabby chic barns, keep your eyes peeled for lodging on your way in. Especially if there will be alcohol at your wedding. The last phone call you want to receive on the way to your honeymoon in Jamaica, is “one of the grooms fraternity brothers is in metro for DUI”. Even if your wedding isn’t full of heavy drinkers, you don’t want grandma to have to leave out early because it’s a hour drive back to the hotel.

Last but not least, does your venue have comfortable arrangements for the bridal party for the big day? This one may seem like common sense to you after hearing it out loud, but I can’t tell you how many places we have been to that didn’t have designated areas for the bridal parties to get ready / kill time. That may not seem like a big deal, but let me tell you why it is. The most important, Pictures Pictures Pictures!! A lot of pictures will be taken outside, whether you have an outside wedding or not, natural light is a photographers best friend. Both parties will likely have separate photo sessions. If you’re planning that beautiful spring wedding, it doesn’t take long for sweat to do its worst, a comfortable place to relax will be worth gold. Also a lot of photographers like to take photos of the getting ready process in general, if the bridal parties are in two separate locations across town, you sacrifice losing some of those precious moments. Another reason why this area is important, I hate to break it to you, but atleast one person in the bridal party is that friend that shows up late to everything. If everyone gets ready on their own time and are told to just show up 30 minutes before ceremony, you will likely lose a friend that day. It’s a great way to keep everyone in line and accountable, you have enough to worry about, take is Karen going to get here in time off the list. Another good reason to have this space, this is the perfect time to pass out bridal party gifts and share a intimate moment with your tribe. Give them a time to knock out the more intimate speeches your in-laws don’t need to hear.

So while out shopping around on venues consider these three things, none are absolutely deal breakers individually, but if a borderline venue has any of these issues I would keep looking.

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