Tips for finding your perfect wedding venue

Its that time of year again – engagement season! Couples have been with their families, discussed the weddings, and the hunt for your dream wedding venue is on. Its easy to get caught up in the excitement, and just as easy to burn out on too many site visits. Keep these tried and true tips in mind when you start your search….

Budget – Know it before you search. You dont want to fall in love with a site only to find out later that you simply cannot afford it.

Date – if you have a specific date in mind that should be your first question when you talk to somebody at the site. If they dont have your date available its onto the next location!

Guest Count – having your list completed and having all parties approve it (it wont work if mom has another 120pp to add!). Knowing how many people you have will allow you to ask about how the location will flow and look with the amount of people you have an ensure you can fit in the space you like.

Plan B – especially true with so many of the beach weddings we host. The perfect weather plan may be spectacular but if you really like Plan B it can take so much stress off then worrying about the weather for months!

Ask yourself how you want your wedding to feel. A beach wedding vs a more formal setting like a country club or a hotel. Finding a location that evokes what you are looking for is key to laying out the rest of your day.

Holding your ceremony in a different location then the reception. Try to consider how far both places are. It may be the difference between needing to provide your guests with transportation (an additional cost) or whether or not they can find their own.

The fine print – Take a moment and ask these few questions; Is there ample parking and what is the cost? How do the bathrooms look and who will tend to them in the middle of your reception? What are the restrictions on set-up time. Do you have to provide your own china, glassware, tables and/or chairs or will they be provided for you? Is there a list of caterers or is there a specific one you have to work with? There are thousands of dollars in the answers to these questions to make sure you do some research before you sign on the dotted line.

Take your planner! A planner can do the leg work by checking with sites to get these questions ahead of time so you are only seeing sites that fit your criteria, saving you time and keeping you ahead of the curve!

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