The biggest day of your life could also be the biggest disappointment of your life, if you don’t act smartly.
Planning a wedding is made up of a ton of different decisions, but here, we’re going to focus solely on venue. It’s the space where the magic will happen, but if you don’t select the right building, your occasion could slip away into mediocrity.
So, don’t let it! Below, you’ll find plenty of short, digestible tips that you may not have considered. Just remember that, ultimately, the choice is yours. Letting people sway you one way or another is just as bad as choosing a poor venue yourself.
Consider an off-season wedding
The cost of a venue in mid-March will be a lot lower than the end of July. Certain times of year are busier than others, and that means prices are higher. If possible, choose a less popular slot so you can keep costs down.
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Visit the venue beforehand
Pictures are fine, but you never really know what you have until you take a look in person. Perhaps the room is colder than you’d like, or it looked bigger in the pictures. Either way, have a thorough inspection before slapping down the cash.
Try the food beforehand
Whichever wedding catering provider you opt for, make it a priority to test the food before the big day. Some companies will even come to your house for this. It’s important to ensure the food is to your liking; after all, this is your special day.
Factor in extra fees
Some venues charge you to keep the bar open past 11pm, while others charge for music past midnight. Make sure you ask all the right questions when you’re viewing, especially in regards to hidden costs.
Choose a venue with plenty of transport links
A barn in the middle of nowhere may provide a ton of stylistic appeal, but how much will a taxi cost for your guests? Are there any buses? It’s safe to assume that alcohol will be involved in your wedding, so make sure people can get about without driving themselves.
Negotiate cost deductions
If the venue offers a photo booth in the price and you don’t want one, ask if you can deduct it from your bill. Enquire about any deductible chunks of the package that you may not want or need.
Pick a memorable location
Perhaps it was the place where you first met, or it’s the place where you were proposed to. Maybe it’s the place you spent your first holiday together, or where your grandparents were wed. Choosing a sentimental place makes the wedding feel more personal, and about you!
Try and get sole use of the venue
Otherwise, there’ll be two or three parties going on at once, in different parts of the building. Besides being confusing for the guests, this creates more noise than you’d like.
Don’t book the first venue you see
It may seem great, but there could be an even better one around the corner. Instead, take plenty of pictures and notes from your favourite places, so you can make some comparisons.