Narrowing down your venue is probably one of the most stressful parts of wedding planning. You want it to be everything you've dreamed of. But have no fear, here are some tips to help you narrow down your venue.
Set Your Budget
There is nothing worse than falling in love with a venue that is out of your budget. Therefore it is essential to set a budget before looking at venues. When it comes to setting a budget there are a few things that you need to consider when setting that number.
Does the venue have catering included in the rental price or is it separate? Will you have to get your own caterer outside of the venue?
Is there parking at the venue? Will you have to provide transportation to your guests because there is no parking?
What is included in the rental fee? If the venue comes with nothing you need to account for the rental fee for everything.
Determine Your Guest Count
Venues have occupancy limits on their event spaces. Determining your guest count will help set constriction for what events spaces you'll be able to rent. Also, your guest count will play a role in determining your budget because meals and rentals will take up a lot of the budget.
Start Your Research
Now that you have your guest count and budget, you can start searching for venues. There are three ways to start this search One: Hire a wedding planner for full-service planning and have them spearhead your search. Two: Ask friends and family for their personal referrals. Three: Do your own online research via Google or The Knot.
Set Up Site Visits
Schedule site visits with your favorite venues. Try and visit the same season as your wedding so you can see what it will look like as well as feel like. If that’s not possible, ask to see photos from the same month as your wedding so there are no environmental surprises! During your site visit, ask about rental, catering, power, and getting ready room options. You can never ask too many questions!