While just about every aspect of a wedding is optional: opting to have a traditional wedding, whether or not to have your wedding at a church, wearing a white dress– or not a dress at all. The possibilities for your special day are endless, but the one thing that all weddings have in common is that there has to be a venue. Wedding venues vary tremendously from churches and chapels to banquet halls, hotels, and even back yards!
At Eden Events, we want your special day to be one that is memorable and full of endless joy, so we’ve come up with a list of 5 things to consider when selecting a wedding venue:
#1 Number of Guests
The first thing to consider when selecting your wedding venue is how many people you want to have in attendance. You may find that while a venue is gorgeous and comes with all of the bells and whistles that you’ve always dreamed of, it may be way too big or not large enough for your wedding party. If the venue is too large, you may find that you will either spend more of your budget than you’d like on decorating it or it may make your wedding look small and empty.
On the other hand, if a venue is too small to accommodate all of your guests, you may need to reevaluate your guestlist. Otherwise, you will need to keep searching for the perfect venue.
The golden rule seems to be: location, location, location. Before you can choose a venue to host your wedding party, you should choose where you want to be married. The kind of venues that you will find available vary widely from location to location.
You should factor in where your friends and family live, if they can travel should you choose a destination wedding, or what venues you have available near you.
Another factor to consider when you are going through the process of selecting the perfect wedding venue is how much of your budget you are ready to allocate to it! Some venues, like event spaces and banquet halls, may be more cost-effective when you factor what inhouse services that can provide.
When you book with an event space they may be able to offer you a better price on professional service staff like bartenders, waiters, and even photographers.
You may also have to consider that the date of your wedding will impact what venues are available and the cost of renting them for your wedding. If you are getting married after Labor Day, it may not be the best decision to book an outdoor wedding venue. You may also find most popular wedding venues may already be booked out months (or years!) in advance during peak wedding seasons. Choose a venue that compliments your wedding date!
#5 Style and Theme
Finally, when choosing a wedding venue, you should consider which venues can be decorated to fit the style and theme of your wedding. Certain wedding venues are better for formal and traditional weddings, like large hotels, churches, castles, and large estates while more informal settings like barns, smaller hotels, and banquet halls can be more intimate and customizable.