The Holy Grail of Venues
You thought finding the right partner to spend the rest of your life with was hard… but you’ve never looked for the perfect venue. Kidding. Sort of.
Let me be clear, there are a TON of great options – but not every one will be the right one for you. Consider the following, as you sort through the options:
- First Impressions
I know it seems obvious, but select a venue that matches the look/feel you want for your wedding. Do you keep pinning pictures of tented weddings…but keep touring hotel ballrooms? Do you love a barn, but keep touring modern spaces in the middle of the city? Don’t try to fit a round peg in a square hole. If you do, you’ll end up spending a ton of your budget on decorating the venue to make it look like those Pinterest images you love.
- Size Matters
Oh boy. This is a big one (pardon the pun). Do yourself a favor and come up with a guest list BEFORE you go venue hunting. One of the worst mistakes you can make is to pick a spot that is much too small (or overly large) for the number of guests you’re expecting. Nobody wants to feel like a sardine in a can. . . and conversely nothing sucks the energy from a party than a dead (ie. empty) room.
- Mother Nature
She’s a fickle one – right?!? One moment, the sun is shining. . . and then next, there is a downpour. I hate to be negative, but you can’t control Mother Nature – so don’t. Instead, pick a spot that offers a back-up plan. Your guests (and your photographer!) will thank you.
If your venue contact is slow to get back to you now, then STOP RIGHT THERE. Seriously, I don’t care if the spot is the prettiest darn thing you’ve ever seen. If he/she can’t take the time to get back to you in a timely manner, then you don’t need to go visit them and you certainly don’t want to sign a contract with them.
- Picture Perfect
Obviously, I want you to pick a spot that is photograph worthy. Natural light? Architectural details? Access to a beautiful garden/outdoor space? Check. Check. Check. Take note of places where pictures could be taken. If you don’t see many options, then this venue may not be your jam after all.