Ahhh…the dreaded wedding venue dilemma! If you’re planning on tying the knot anytime soon, you will be well aware that choosing a wedding venue can be one of the most difficult aspects of wedding planning.
Many of us have had a clear-cut vision of our dream wedding engraved into our minds since we first watched ‘Cinderella’ when we were seven. Unfortunately, when push comes to shove, we tend to learn that Disney movies really do live up to their fictional nature.
Choosing a wedding venue is even more difficult for those who don’t have this dream ‘happily ever after’ ideal. If you don’t have a clear vision of what you want in your mind, where exactly do you start?
You’re in luck! Today, we are playing the Fairy Godmother to your Cinderella. We’ve flicked our magic wands and come up with this step by step guide on how to choose a wedding venue.
Cinderella: You will get married!
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The world would be a perfect place if we could all just swipe our Amex’s left, right and center, until we had the wedding of our dreams. Unfortunately, modern couples often have to budget. Throw the idea of mortgages, the honeymoon, and the ability to have an actual life before the big day, and it becomes clear that budgeting is a must!
So, first things first: sit down with hubby-to-be and come up with a budget for the overall wedding. This should include the venue, entertainment, food, decorations, the dress, jewellery, and whatever else you or your fiance want to include in the big day.
Next, break up this budget into ‘expenditure areas’. And voila: you have a budget for your wedding venue.
Yep, it’s boring, but trust us, it works!
Make A List
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I know what you’re thinking, ‘this also sounds ridiculously boring’, but unlike in your High School history classes, these types of lists are actually fun.
Get the hubby-to-be and plan a cute ‘wedding planning’ night. Pop open the champagne, get a cheese platter on a stunning printed tablecloth, buy a handful of wedding magazines and have Pinterest ready on cue!
Make a collage/document of particular venues you and your partner like the look of.
Next, make a list of everything that you need to have in the location you choose. Consider:
- Do you need a venue to fit a certain amount of people?
- Are you having a religious ceremony?
- Do you want the ceremony and reception to be at the same venue?
- Do you want the ceremony in a certain town/area.
- Are you planning on a certain time of year.
- Did you have a theme in mind.
Once you have this, Google away for specific venues in your area.
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Found a venue that is your perfect place? It’s time to get a little bit stalker-ish. Don’t worry, we don’t suggest you crash weddings a la Vince Vaugn, this type of stalking is all online.
Take a look at their social media pages, chances are these photos will be more ‘action’ and less ‘staged’ and will give you a more realistic venue of how this place could be a backdrop for your wedding bells.
If you want to take it one step further, take a look at the photo’s of the bride and guests who are tagged. There is bound to be some I Phone snaps and un-staged photographs that will give you an insight without ‘rose tinted glasses.’
Go For Viewings
Feel free to view as many potential venues as you want. Take your phone to take photos, and ensure you ask a lot of questions!
Although the wedding planner will try and ‘sell’ you the venue, don’t book until you are a hundred percent sure.
Make sure you discuss all costs with the wedding planner, including potential extras that certain things may induce. Alongside this, it’s important to ensure that the wedding is available for your dates.
Go Back To Your List
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Now that you’ve viewed several venues, go back to the list and consider which of the venues ticks the most boxes.
Grab the collage or document of wedding inspiration you made and consider which venue is the most suitable for the aesthetic you want.
Finally, I don’t mean to bore you: but take that budget into consideration! After all, you still need to buy that dreamy dress!