Are you newly engaged? We wish that you are endowed will all the happiness and enjoy every minute of your new life. But we also know how stressful can questions like ‘where am I going to get married?’ be, especially as the marriage date gets closer.
Choosing a wedding venue is often more daunting than you’d think but once you find the right location, chances are everything else will fall in place. The venue helps decide the tone and style of everything else at your wedding. However, one thing to be sure of is that alongside the place, you also like the people you’d be working with. For stress free planning and implementation, great service is crucial. Here are certain tips and questions that will help you decide the venue for your dream wedding better:
Make a Guest List
The venue needs to be able to handle the size of invitees, and hence before deciding the venue, you need to make a rough guest list with your fiancée and both your families to help decide on which venue will best suit your requirements.
Talk to a Wedding Planner or Co-coordinator
Wedding planners do this everyday. They will know the venues inside out, and may know of venues you haven’t heard of. Talk to them and choose a venue, which has hosted similar events in the past successfully. The planner should however be someone who understands your requirements and helps you through them.
Do a Little Research
A beautiful venue on Instagram may be sweeping you off your feet, but in the real world, how the venue looks is only a part of the story. The pricing, the service, and the location are all important.
Have a Date in Mind
You cannot book a venue without a date. However, to even decide on which venues to consider, you need to have a approximate date in mind as some venue offer seasonal pricing. So for you to have a clear idea of the cost, the date needs to be told.
Make an Appointment to Tour the Wedding Venue
You cannot just randomly visit the venue and expect them to show around as it may be booked for another event. You must hence book an appointment for a venue tour and only then go and see around the venue and discuss your requirements.
Think About What is Included
Full service venues include furniture, crockery etc. , whereas other venues may require you to bring everything. So factor in those costs before finalizing on a venue.
Talk to Previous Clients
One of the best ways to decide on a venue is to talk to a past guest who has just held a similar event with them. Most reputable venues will be happy to offer you a list of references to contact.
Ask About a Rain Plan
Unpredictable weather can be an event spoiler. You need to ask for any rain plans that the venue has and be sure that you are comfortable with it.
Be Sure That the Venue Aligns With Your Wedding Vision
Check the venue’s social media platform or ask for photographs of wedding they have hosted previously. Not only will you see how other couples used the space, but also see if the space goes well with your vision of your wedding.
Ask How Many Events are Held on Property at a Time
You don’t want your guests to be attending another person’s party. Ask whether they hold multiple events at a time. If yes, enquire whether there would be proper signboards and if they have enough staff to handle all the events without chaos.
Think About Food and Beverages
Ask whether the venue is self-catering. If yes, ask about their food policy and menu. The per-plate pricing too needs to be discussed. You may have to mention to them if you have certain requirements from the menu.
Think About Your Budget
While the wedding has to be grand, the budget too needs to be kept in mind. In case of going over budget, you could either choose a less expensive venue or cut down on your guest list.
The whole intention of the wedding is that you as a couple enjoy your wedding to the fullest. As long as that is done, the purpose of everything is well served.