One of the most important elements in the wedding planning process, selecting the perfect venue for your big day is no easy feat. Your wedding venue will set the tone and act as a backdrop for all the other elements while also dictating the choice of decor and furniture.
Then, there are other factors such as the location, the weather, the length of your guest list, the venue’s availability, and, of course, your and your partner’s personal style and preferences. With so many things to keep in mind, narrowing down your search and choosing the right wedding venue can come as a challenge.
To help make this process easier, we’re listing five tips that will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Know how big of a budget you’re working with
First things first, when it comes to choosing a wedding venue, you have to know exactly how big of a wedding budget you are working with. The last thing you want is to find a venue that fits your vision and then realize you can’t afford it.
Before beginning your search, come up with a budget for your wedding and decide how much money you want to spend on the venue. Costs can start to add up pretty quickly, and while some venues may include certain services in their price quote, others may charge extra for those services, so keep that in mind as well. Of course, there are ways to save on your wedding, such as throwing a wedding on Sunday or out of season.
Consider your guest list and the venue’s capacity
The length of your guest list is another deciding factor in your choice of a wedding venue. This is why you want to have at least a rough idea of how many guests you plan on inviting before you start searching, particularly during this uncertain time.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions such as physical distancing, you’ll have to consider the capacity limits and square meter rules so that you don’t breach public health orders. You will also have to make sure that you comply with a COVID-19 Safety Plan to mitigate the risk of the spreading of the virus.
Select a venue that fits your wedding theme
Once you’ve made sure that your wedding can go ahead safely, you want to consider the venue’s style and whether it fits your wedding theme. Places like Australia offer a particularly wide range of different venue styles, so couples who are looking to get hitched there are in luck since there’s truly something for everyone.
For instance, if your idea of an ideal wedding is rustic chic, saying the fateful yes in a Sydney Botanic Garden or an NSW Farmstay could be a dream come true. If your wedding theme is on a more classic, elegant side, choosing to hire a venue in Western Sydney decorated in a luxurious 1920s New York style can be the perfect way to ensure an idyllic destination for this special celebration. Stick with what feels authentic to you two, and you’ll have no trouble finding a venue that ticks all the right boxes.
Consider the backup indoor/outdoor options
Aside from the venue’s style and capacity, you also want to keep in mind the weather, especially if you’re considering an outdoor wedding. Some venues will come with both indoor and outdoor options so you can always rely on plan B in case of bad weather.
Others will offer practical solutions such as large tents that can be easily pulled down in case it starts raining unexpectedly during the ceremony. You will just have to ask about it. Try to get as much information as you can when looking at a venue, and consider checking temperatures for your date and location in the past so you can have a rough idea of what to expect.
Ask about venue’s availability and accessibility
Ideally, your perfect wedding venue will be available for the date you’ve set for your big day. To make sure everything goes as planned, you want to start looking at your options and selecting a date early on.
Other than its availability, you should also consider the venue’s accessibility. This means taking into account everything from parking to seating options to elevators.
You should also check if the venue has its own accommodation as this can be particularly useful for wedding guests who are flying in from other places. Keep in mind that, because of the global health crisis we’re currently facing, you may be required by the government to provide the names as well as contact details of everyone who’s attending the wedding, so make sure to record and retain them.
Finding the perfect place to say that fateful yes is a dream of every bride. While the whole process can seem challenging, once you’re sure about what you want and what’s important to you, you’ll know what to look for in a venue and manage to find the one that’s a perfect fit for your special day.