Deciding on the wedding venue is one of the biggest, but also most exhausting steps in the wedding planning process. From thinking about the size, through the catering options, to the overall vibe and the style of your wedding, there are more than a few factors that’ll influence the final decision. Therefore, you should choose wisely and not rush anything. Here are a couple of things you should have in mind.
The capacity of the venue
Various venues have different capacities, which is why it would be good to know the rough number of guests that will be attending your wedding. With that in mind, it’s always a great idea to plan for a few more people than you think you’ll invite, and look for a bigger space if you’re planning a large wedding. You might remember some distant relative you forgot to invite before, or somebody might show up to surprise you, so it’s always a good idea to have some extra room.
Wedding style and vibe
When you’re about to make this crucial decision in your life, you’ll usually go with your instincts. However, before you listen to your gut, think about the general style of your wedding. Unless you’re going for a fairy-tale wedding, a ballroom is not the best choice. A rustic, countryside wedding calls for an outdoor setting, while a historic marble-laden hall would be the perfect choice for those who want an elegant and classy feel during their reception. You could consider even barns and galleries if you’re going for something more boho. Furthermore, once you visit a certain venue, pay attention to its overall feel. Ask whether the decor would be appropriate for what you’ve had in mind, or if you’ll have to light up the room to warm it up and add some extra glitz.
Nowadays, wedding couples, but also their guests, have become rather demanding when it comes to food options. The fact that many of us have turned to vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free diets makes it more difficult to organise a party with diverse food. This is why you must think about the catering before you book the venue of your dreams. While some venues will provide you with their own food and allow you to make a few adjustments, and even provide you with the cake, others will not offer you that kind of food service, so you’ll need to hire a caterer.
Guest list and budget
Before you start hunting for the perfect wedding venue, you must know the approximate number of guests that will be attending the wedding. Considering you can and should book a venue even 12 months prior to the wedding, you won’t be able to know the exact number of guests. However, trying to make a rough estimate is both helpful and important. Furthermore, you’ve probably set your budget the minute you got engaged, and if you can count on the parents’ extra help, you could look for some affordable wedding venues in Sydney as well as some that are just a bit over your budget. If you have a precise amount in mind, you probably won’t look at any venues you can’t afford, which is good for preventing the possibility of falling for the venue that’s out of your price range.
Think about the location
Is the venue close to your hometown? Would you be able to transport your guests from their hotel to the venue? Could the guests walk there or would they need to use public transportation or a taxi? These are all the questions that should be going through your mind while looking for the perfect wedding venue. The location is one of the most important factors to consider, since not everyone can afford a long taxi drive, or maybe even a plane ticket. What’s more, if everyone can drive to the venue, will they be able to park their car close to it?
Visit the venue at least twice
Once you’re 90 percent certain that the venue you’ve chosen is the one for you, visit the place again to be completely sure that the choice you’ve made is the right one. The first impression alongside experienced wedding planners and witty venue owners can easily make you believe that the place you’re looking at is precisely where you should tie the knot, but sometimes you just need to sleep on it before making the final decision. Therefore, come back within a couple of days and if the feeling is still good and your instinct still says you should get married at that exact place, you have nothing to worry about.
A wedding is one of the biggest milestones in your life, which is why the wedding venue must be exactly the way you’ve envisioned it. In order to tie the knot at the place of your dreams, be sure to have these tips in mind, and your wedding will be unforgettable.