When you first get engaged, one of the first things you must do is pick your wedding date. From there, you need to find the location of your wedding and ceremony. Picking the perfect wedding venue is so important. Do you want to have your entire event outdoors or do you really want to have a church ceremony? Maybe there is a beautiful hotel that you have always dreamed of your wedding to be at? Whatever your interests are, here are some things to consider to help you while you and your fiancé are planning so you can be sure to pick the perfect wedding venue for you both!

1. Think about how many guests you plan to have.

If you are going to have 200 or more guests attend your wedding and reception, the small bed & breakfast you spent your first Valentine’s Day together may not be the best fit for your event. You may want to look at larger ballrooms, event spaces or even outdoor venues.  If you are having a smaller, more intimate wedding, it could be perfect.

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Photo credit: Photo Factory Bali

2. Do you want your ceremony, or entire event, to be indoors or out?

Deciding if you want your ceremony – or both your ceremony and reception – to be outside is a big decision to make. Remember that if you want to have your event outdoors, you do have that extra worry about any bad weather that may happen on your special day.

3.  Do you want your ceremony to be a religious one?

If you are considering a religious ceremony, there are a few things you need to think about. First, if you and your soon-to-be are different religions, it may be worth it to consider a reception hall or ballroom that is away from a church. And if you are planning to have your ceremony in a place of worship, you want to be sure to book that day before you find your reception location.

4. Do you want to do little or no set-up?

Do you want to enjoy your wedding day without the worry of making sure all the chairs and signage are set up perfectly? Then an outdoor wedding may not be the best option. A church or a venue that is already set up for a ceremony would be perfect so you do not have to worry about those extra details.

If you do choose a venue that will need extra hands to help set-up and take-down, make sure you talk to a few of your friends and family to make sure they will be able to help you the day of your wedding.

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Photo credit: Liz Caruana Weddings

5. Consider the color of the space.

If you are planning a specific color theme for your event, be sure to considered what the color scheme is of the venue you are planning to book. If you are planning a black and white event, you may not like the yellow curtains that the ballroom has. Be sure to talk to the venue to see if they can take down or cover up their curtains, or if it is something permanent (like some of the very brightly colored ballroom floors in many hotels) that will definitely be visible on your wedding day. Or, finding a building with neutral colors is also nice and can work with pretty much any color you are doing!

Here are a few other things to remember when picking your perfect wedding venue:

  • Make the sure venue you choose is large enough to accommodate the amount of guests you plan to have. You do not want everyone to feel crammed when they should be dancing and having a blast!
  • Make sure the venue you choose have designated sections to eat, drink, and dance. It will keep everything running more smoothly!
  • Be sure to scope out the best spots to take your wedding photography at the venue.
  • Make sure you have appropriate lighting at the venue you choose. If you are having a day wedding, let in the natural sunlight, and if it is a night wedding, be sure to have enough lighting…. you do not want your guests getting sleepy!
  • Make sure the property has plenty of parking for all your guests.
  • Does the venue you choose have plenty of outlets and plenty of extension cords for your use!

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Not only do you need to find the most beautiful venue for you, but there are so many things to consider when picking the perfect wedding venue. We hope these tips have been helpful.

Are you just starting off with your wedding planning and want to make sure you do not forget anything at all? Be sure to download our free wedding planning checklist!

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