Choosing a wedding venue can be stressful! Here are 5 tips to help you find the location of your dream wedding!
The first question you have to ask yourself before viewing a property is “Can I afford it?” And be truthful to yourself. Can you afford this venue… and the DJ… and the videographer… and all the other lovely things you just have to have … AND still have enough for that designer dress you want so badly?! If not, it’s back to the drawing board! This is why it is so important to establish a budget first and foremost.
2. Will this venue accommodate all of my guests??
Will this venue support all 300 of our closest family and friends? Your wedding planner will be able to help you with this info. Most (great!) wedding planners will be able to suggest venues that fit your style, budget and guest list size. If you envision a small intimate gathering, then booking the grand ballroom might not be such a good idea. Your venue should fit your guest list comfortably. Perhaps selecting a garden or a small venue room will provide for a more private occasion.
3. You mean food’s not included??
Security? Chairs? Linens? Food?? What exactly is included in the price? You should know this information before you sign any contract or place a deposit for your wedding venue. It is so important to ask what is included in the pricing. Not all venues will charge for the same items and not all venues will be upfront about their pricing. Before you know it, you can be responsible for paying for a security guard, noise permits, etc! To avoid confusion, be sure to ask what is it included in the price and read contracts thoroughly before signing on the dotted line.
4. Will other events be taking place at the same time or day of your wedding?
Other events at the same location or in the same banquet room can lead to all sorts of problems. Try to book a venue with only your nuptials scheduled for the day. It will provide ample time for your wedding planner or wedding coordinator to set up and take down. No bride or groom wants to feel rushed on this very special day!
5. Will my guests be stuck in traffic? Will YOU be stuck in traffic?!!
Let’s face it folks, we live in California and there’s a lot of us here. Consider traffic at the time of your event. If your wedding in scheduled to begin on Friday at 5pm in the heart of Hollywood, guess what?? Your guests will be sitting in rush hour traffic, and could potentially be late. Suggestive wording on the invitation may help remind folks to leave early to avoid delays… or you could just get married before or after rush hour!
There you have it ladies & gems… 5 tips that will help you plan your big day! Need more suggestions? Contact Erin Grace here for a free consultation!