When picking out the perfect venue for your wedding day, there are many important factors to consider. Location, capacity, budgets are only some of the few things that you should take into consideration. But there may be other things that you might have overlooked:
1. Only look at venues in your budget
First of all, eliminate any venues that aren’t within budget or can’t accommodate your guest count. Touring venues that you want to work (but simply won’t) will only lead to stress down the road. Stay realistic and practical and be sure to stick to a venue that fits your budget.
2. Check for amenities
Some venues may look pretty and picture-perfect. But I also ensure that the venue has complete and up-to-standard facilities and amenities such as ample parking space (paid or free), clean and well-maintained restrooms, lounge area if needed and so on.
3. Make sure the venue has an on-site coordinator
Be sure to confirm whether or not the space you are hoping to book has an on site venue coordinator. A venue coordinator is key to keeping a smooth planning and execution of your wedding. Sometimes additional fee may be required for labor, depending on the task he or she is required to do.
4. Make sure the venue has a back-up location (for outdoor weddings)
This is an ABSOLUTELY must! If you are planning to have an outdoor wedding, ensure that the venue not only has proper back-up location (that you don’t mind having your wedding at) but also one that closely fits the vision of your wedding.
4. Check the set-up and tear-down times
While some venues lets you use the space hours before to allow you to set up, it is not surprising that many venues only lets allows an hour or two for set-up. While this is not uncommon, and is totally acceptable given you have very experienced vendors, some couples prefer to have ample time to use the venue before the ceremony. Also, keep in mind on their tear down times. Some venues require tear down on the day or night itself. Whichever you prefer, just ensure that you have this crossed-off the list.
5. Ensure you like (and can afford) the preferred vendors
Go through their list of preferred vendors and make sure you lie and can afford them. Sometimes the vendors may appear to be off your budget or perhaps they don’t seem to fit the vision of your wedding.
6. Plenty of photo opportunities
Although not essential, it is always nice to have a venue that also has a beautiful backdrop for your photo sessions. This helps your photographer a lot in a way that he or she can express her creative side. Your photos will also look amazing with a super backdrop!
7. Be flexible
Don’t sweat the small stuffs. Nothing can ever be perfect and things might not go the way you planned it to be. But it’s okay. The most important thing, after all is your big day and that you are getting married to your life partner.