The Complete Guide That Makes Choosing the Best Wedding Venue Simple


So you’ve decided to marry your perfect match. You’re planning out the outfits, finding the perfect venues, and writing your vows. Your guest list is made and you’re already choosing wedding cake flavors.

Now, the most dreaded part of the wedding planning process: finding and securing the best wedding venues.

Wedding venues are competitive, especially during wedding season. Anyone in the wedding industry knows that spouses-to-be need to pick a venue months in advance if they want to pick the right one. 

With all of the various types of wedding venues to choose from, how can you pick the perfect one for you and your spouse? We’re here to talk about it. Keep reading for a few top tips that can help you make your final decision. 

Talk to Your Wedding Planner

Are you DIYing your wedding or working with a professional wedding planner?

While planning your own wedding is fun (and often appropriate for smaller ceremonies), one of the benefits of working with a wedding planner is that they know how to help you choose the wedding venue of your dreams. 

Many planners have pre-existing relationships with vendors and venues. They may be able to get you “in” with a venue, giving you a leg up when it comes to picking your ideal date. 

They may also be able to get you a better price, but this isn’t always true. You won’t know until you ask. 

Know Your Wedding Budget

So how much are you spending on your wedding in total? 

The average wedding in 2020 cost $19,000. This is a conservative number. Many people end up spending well over $30,000 for their weddings after everything is said and done.

That said, it’s more than likely that you don’t have that kind of money to throw around. You need to keep your budget in mind.

If you want to be able to spend a lot of money on your venue, consider how much you’re going to be paying for other wedding day essentials. Are you spending a lot on custom wedding clothing? Are you saving money on floral arrangements by ordering a bouquet of Sola Flowers?

Remember that, while the venue is important, it shouldn’t cost more than you’re able to spend. When you know how much you’re able to spend, it will be far easier to narrow down your options. 

Look At Amenities

Did you know that many official wedding venues offer a ton of amenities for potential spouses-to-be? 

If you’re picking a basic and affordable venue, these amenities are likely limited. If, however, you’re picking a popular venue, they likely provide packages that can make the rest of the wedding planning process easier. 

When you get a venue with a wide list of services (such as entertainment, caterers, dressing rooms, and more), it’s likely that it’s going to be more expensive than other venues.

That said, try to break down the costs and consider how they compare to the costs of getting those vendors on your own. Talking to your wedding planner will help. 

Consider Guest List Limitations

So how many people are you inviting to your wedding? This is a key factor when you’re trying to pick your venue.

If your guest list is small, an affordable outdoor venue is a great idea. You could even set your wedding up in your own backyard or at the beach. This is a great way to save money for the rest of your wedding day essentials. 

If you have a larger guest list, however, you need to be more careful. All venues have limitations when it comes to how many people they’re able to support. 

For a large guest list, you need to make sure that there’s enough room for tables and chairs for everyone. You want your guests to feel comfortable moving around and mingling. 

For smaller guest lists, you don’t want to have too much space or spend money that you won’t need to spend. A 40 person guest list isn’t enough to justify renting out an entire ballroom. 

Visit All of Your Options

It’s always important to visit your venues in person before you make a decision, even if you’re planning to travel for your wedding. Yes, this is tricky (and often expensive), but it will help you make your final decision. 

When you go to the venue, talk to the staff in person. Ask about their available packages, look at all of the different rooms, and make sure that everything looks just as good as it did in the photos online. 

Sometimes you won’t know that a venue is a perfect fit until you step through the doors. You might discover that you’ve found “the one” as soon as you see it in its full glory. 

Ask About Available Dates

Have you already set a wedding date, or were you waiting on the venue? If you’ve had your eye on one specific venue from the moment that you got engaged, it’s likely that you’re trying to keep your dates flexible.

If you’re getting married during wedding season, this is going to be tricky. You may have to have your wedding in the middle of the week or at an inopportune time. If you plan far enough ahead, however, this doesn’t have to be the case.

If you already have a specific date in mind, check with the venue to see whether or not it’s available. If it’s not, you know that this isn’t the right venue for you and you should move on. 

Pick The Best Wedding Venue For Your Special Day

Picking the best wedding venue for you and your future spouse is stressful, but when you’ve found “the one,” you’ll feel so much relief. Use this brief guide to start your quest toward the wedding venue of your dreams! 

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