Your event day is fast approaching, and you’re drowning in preparations, dress fittings, and meal tastings. However, while all of these are definitely important, the elephant in the room has to be your venue.
Your choice of an event venue will go a long way in determining just how smoothly things will go. It determines how comfortable people are, how easy it will be for people to enjoy the wedding proceedings. For example as they unfold, and your wedding pictures will also be affected a great deal by your choice of a setting.
Look at a few helpful tips that will guide you as you choose a venue for your event:
It is essential for you to have an estimate of how many people you plan to invite to your wedding. Not every venue can accommodate a wide array of wedding sizes. So you need to make sure that your intended number matches the capability of the venue.
However, another tip is to aim lower when you’re counting. Why?
Well, because it’s much easier (and better) to add guests than to deduct. If you end up having an attendance number that is less than what you anticipated and you have to pay for some extra amenities that were unused, you’ll have no problem finding extra use for them later. It is a much different case if you have more people than you planned and everything becomes a fiasco.
Almost every venue has a “minimum guest count”. Ensure that you have a venue that can comfortably accommodate your expected number of guests.
What else is the Venue offering?
We know your venue will be providing a space for your event and maybe chairs and tables. However, you also need to look beyond the immediate environment.
Do they have lovely surroundings where people can take pictures?
Will they provide a DJ?
How are the restrooms?
Things like these are needed, and they will definitely go a long way in making sure that the wedding proceedings go on as smoothly as silk.
The venue’s reviews
You can also check out comments by event planners and others who have used the venue before. You can get more information about the place and the experiences that they had there. If you need more visual representation, you can check social media pages or blogs of photographers who have worked there in the past. Reviews can be especially helpful if you are too busy to visit the venue.
Does it match your personal taste?
Your wedding is all about you, and there’s no point in choosing a venue that doesn’t meet your criteria. When you close your eye and fantasize about your dream wedding, does the venue in the background look anything like this place?
The price of the hall
Your finances have to be in order when planning a wedding. And the venue is an item that will swallow up a bulk of your expenses. Before breaking the bank, you need to have a discussion with your fiance about how much you are really ready to spend. When you get a location that you feel is appropriate, make sure to find out what the going rates are.
When you determine how much you are willing and able to spend, it will definitely save you the heartache of finding and falling head over heels in love with a place that is well over your budget. And then realizing that you actually can’t afford it. Rushing into things without taking a careful look at the financials can leave you in a pretty bad pace financially. And you’ll end up looking at other areas you can cut off in order to make up for your overspending.