6 Important Things to Consider When Selecting a Wedding Venue
If wedding bells are ringing in your future, you should start searching a venue as soon as you can. Being that this is the environment in which you and your spouse will get married, this can make or break your wedding. But with so many different wedding venues available, how do you know which to choose?
1) Indoor vs Outdoor
Start by considering whether you want an indoor or outdoor wedding. During spring, many couples have their wedding outdoors to capitalize on the colorful plant life and mild temperatures. During summer or winter, though, you may want to get married indoors to avoid extreme hot or cold temperatures. Some wedding venues feature nothing more than an outdoor gazebo or pavilion, whereas others feature a chapel, cottage or historic house.
There are so many different types of wedding venues available these days. Whether you’re getting married on the East Coast, West Coast or somewhere in between, you shouldn’t have trouble finding a venue. However, it’s recommended that you choose a venue in a location that’s easily accessible for most of your guests. If it’s located in a rural, hard-to-find area that’s hundreds of miles away, you may have a small guest turnout.
3) Total Capacity
For indoor venues, pay attention to its total capacity. Not to be confused with seating capacity, total capacity is the maximum number of people who can safely, and legally, fit into an indoor venue. A small, quaint venue may look attractive, but you could be forced to turn guests away if it has a low total capacity.
4) Reception Area
Does the venue offer a reception area? Ideally, the venue should have at least two areas: one for the ceremony and another for the reception. If a venue only offers a ceremony area, you’ll have to set up your own reception area using tables and chairs – something that takes additional time, work and money.
5) Rental Price
When browsing prospective wedding venues, inquire about the rental price. Statistics show that venue rental is the biggest expense associated with planning a wedding. In addition to the standard rental price, venues may charge for other products or services as well, some of which include inhouse catering, floral arrangements, valet, security, chairs and post-wedding cleanup.
If there’s a specific date on which you want to get married, make sure the venue is available for it. Some couples get married on a religious holiday, whereas others get married on their relationship anniversary. If your first choice of venue is already booked for your desired date it can be very disappointing, forcing you to look elsewhere, so don’t delay if you already have a fixed date in mind.