The wedding venue search can be a very overwhelming task. For one thing, it's probably one of the biggest elements of your wedding budget, and it really can set the tone for the day. Budget, capacity, and decor are just a few of the major points you'll be taking into account when trying to figure out which venue ticks all your dream wedding venue boxes. What will seal the deal for you when choosing a wedding venue?
Here are three key tips to keep in mind when you're trying to narrow down your wedding venue search.
1. Only look at venues in your budget
If you've set your budget and know how much you can ultimately stretch to on your venue, don't bother visiting venues you know are outside of that. You're only taunting yourself if you either can't afford it, or it won't fit your guest capacity. If the shoe doesn't fit, don't wear it! Viewing venues you want to work but that you know won't will only prevent you being totally open to another potentially perfect venue because in your mind you'll still be trying to find a workaround for another option. Stick to visiting wedding venues that fit the bill for you, quite literally.
2. Don't settle
A lot of your wedding planning progress hinges on finding your venue, and figuring out what will or won't work within the space, before booking anything else. This can put a lot of pressure on you to get a wedding venue booked and sorted so you can move on with other vendors, but booking a venue you only feel lukewarm about, or one you're booking with the caveat that you'll have to do some major decor overhauls on to make it work, is never a good idea. You'll drive yourself up the wall trying to cover up ugly wallpaper or distract from carpet you hate. Save yourself time and money by holding tight until you find a venue you love, or at least, one where you can appreciate the features and aesthetics already in place. The rest will fall into place afterwards.
3. Check if the venue has an on-site wedding coordinator
This is an especially important point if you don't plan on hiring a wedding planner, but either way you should make sure to confirm whether or not your venue has an on-site venue coordinators. They'll reduce stress big time closer to and on the big day, looking after day-of logistics for set-up and tear-down, floor plans, lighting, decor, and they are also very helpful when it comes to vendor recommendations for suppliers who'll know the lay of the land in your venue very well.
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