While weddings create an exciting and memorable moment, there are several crucial steps that each bride and groom should consider upon planning their wedding day. One of the most important details of a wedding is your venue. Venues not only bring the final details to life, but they are also the location that caters to you and your guests on your special day. Taking the time to research your options and planning accordingly can save you a lot of headaches, effort, and money as you prepare for your memorable moments that lie ahead.
Venues can be the largest expense and the biggest frustration if you do not conduct research and give yourself a reasonable price range. The first factor that can dramatically affect the cost of your venue is your wedding date. January through August are the busiest months for weddings and are the most costly for all vendors in the wedding industry. Keeping your wedding date in the later fall (September through November) can save you a lot in the end. So before you start looking into venues and additional vendors, select a wedding date that is going to be the best fit for you both. After selecting a date, you then need to decide on an affordable budget.
When looking into a venue, make a list of the locations that will meet your budget and best compliment your theme. After organizing your research, visit each location. By visiting your venue options, you will gain a better perspective of what to expect from the layout that is going to cater to the amount of guests you plan on having and the surrounding areas that will accommodate them until the day of your wedding, especially if your ceremony and reception are going to be at separate locations. It is extremely important to keep your guest count in mind while at each location and make sure you ask the venue representative about additional restrictions so you are aware of everything upfront.
Now that you have narrowed down your research, it is time to factor in the staff and facility accommodations for each venue option. What is offered with your venue? Do they offer catering, entertainment, staff to help set up and break down, seating, a wedding planner for the day of coordination? These are important factors to ask the venue representative because these details can help lower the overall cost when they are bundled together. If they do not offer many accommodations, do they have a list of preferred vendors to work with? This can also help with cost because most preferred vendors come at a discount due to their partnership with the venue.
After everything is said and done, you are left with a spectacular venue location to bring your sensational day to life for you both. With a little research, timing, and excitement, your venue will be booked in no time. The one piece of advice I can leave you with is to always ask a variety of questions and do not settle until it is absolutely seamless. Make your wedding day a moment to remember by choosing the perfect venue, that will provide you with the absolute best service, to make the day you have been dreaming of come true.