How to Pick the Perfect Venue

When planning a wedding, there are so many choices that it can be overwhelming! Will you wear a suit or tux? How many bridesmaids should I have? While all of those choices are optional, there is one that is vital to your wedding: your venue! But picking out the perfect location to say “I Do” can be a daunting task! Luckily, we have come up with some tips to help you find your perfect wedding venue.

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You don’t want a rustic barn, when you dream of a glam wedding. Likewise, you don’t want a ballroom when you dream of farmhouse chic. If you are dreaming of a modern wedding, then an art gallery or a rooftop wedding might be more your speed. Likewise, if you are thinking open fields with a more natural setting, then you might want to consider an open space, such as a barn, forest, or gardens.

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Many venues will have rules about what you can and cannot do for your wedding. Art galleries might ask you to not use real candles, while a barn might ask you to not use artificial petals lining your ceremony aisle. A local park or beach might require a permit for hosting a wedding ceremony. If the rules do not coincide with your vision, then it might be best to look elsewhere.

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You’ve heard this before from realtors: Location, Location, Location. If you want a venue off the beaten path, make sure that there are plenty of signs in case guests get lost. If you plan to invite more out of town guests, you might want to include directions to your venue in your invitation, or even consider a venue that’s closer to the hotels.

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In wedding planning, it is important to decide on a budget. While the venue might seem affordable, if you have to bring items such as chairs, tents, and linens; those costs can add up quickly. When touring venues, ask if you can bring in outside vendors. If the venue offers in-house catering, their pricing might be higher to accommodate for the menu.

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Alternative Choices

Nowadays, many businesses are offering their store as a possible wedding venue. Have a favorite restaurant that has significance to you and your fiancé? Is there a brewery that you have imagined walking down the aisle? Be upfront with the owner about your vision. It never hurts to ask and you might be surprised when they say yes!

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Guest List

While you don’t have to have a complete guest list when you begin picking out your dream venue, it is important to have a ballpark in mind. You don’t want to pick out your dream venue, only to find out that you have too many guests coming to your wedding. That puts a strain on not only your venue, but to you as a couple.

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What’s included

While you are touring your venue, make sure to ask what is included in the price. Many offer amenities such as tables, white linen, and garden white chairs. If your vision includes a more elaborate design, then you will most likely have to rent from an outside vendor.

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Be True to Yourselves

At the end of the day, this day is about committing your life to your partner. Don’t settle on a venue that is the opposite of what you envisioned just because it is convenient. If you search hard enough and long enough, you will find your perfect wedding venue.

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Happy Planning!


Photography: Erin Morrison Photography, Leah Moyers Photography, Jamie Weiss Photography, Honey + Bee Photography, Catherine Ann Photography, Captured by Kelly Photography, Kristen Wynn Photography, Shutter Sprite Photography | Venues: Candoro Marble, Cardinals Nest Wedding and Events, Dara's Garden, Central Collective, The Cedars at Carr Farm, Franklin Park Civic Center, Succop Nature Park, The Barn at Williams Manor



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