Now that you are engaged, you are starting to think about where and when to have your wedding. You have probably already thought about how your dress will look and what colors you like for flowers and bridesmaid dresses. The venue you pick for your ceremony and reception will affect many other decisions. You can determine ahead of time what you want for color scheme and style of wedding and then find a location that FITS what YOU want.
I suggest you ask yourself a few questions before you decide on a venue:
Do you want to have your ceremony and reception at the same location?
How many guests will be coming?
Do you want to marry indoors or outdoors?
What time of year do you want to marry?
Once you know these things, you are one step closer to selecting the right venue for you. Maybe you have already searched online to see what venues are available that fit your criteria. Once you have found a few locations that appeal to you, now ask a few more questions
What will the venue look like at the time of year you are marrying? Which plants, trees or bushes will be blooming at that time?
What is the maximum capacity for the venue?
What are the permanent colors in the space such as walls, carpeting, and maybe even the chair colors? Will these go with the colors you want to have or will the colors clash?
For reception venues, do they have an exclusive in house caterer or do they allow other outside caterers to use their facility?
What is included in the fee to rent the venue? Are tables, chairs, linens or their sound system included? Can you use the whole venue or only certain rooms?
Do they have a preferred vendor list and do you have to use their chosen vendors?
Your budget and timing for the day can be affected by all of the above. When you go and look at a few venues, ask lots of questions before signing a contract.
If you would like a full check list of questions for selecting a venue, call or email me for a complimentary consultation. I offer many wedding services including researching and recommending vendors to brides.