When looking for your venue
Understand the logistics
Here’s a question: should you pick the venue before the guest list or should you get a guest list and then pick the venue?
It is not easy to have a guest list two weeks into the wedding planning but if you don’t have any idea of what size wedding you are going to have you will not be able to pick a venue. You won’t need a firm guest list to look at venues, but you will need an approx. number as the venue will ask a rough size to know if they can accommodate you.
Having a rough idea of numbers — whether it be 30, 100 or 200 guests — will allow you to cross off venues that just cannot cater to your requirements.
What style of suits you? What time of the year?
Couples probably have a good idea the theme of their wedding, whether it be traditional, beach, mountain or barn, which can also help to shape the wedding venue search. So it pays to visit your chosen venue at the time of the year you plan to have your wedding as many venues might showcase images from a beautiful season like summer when you plan to get married in winter. If you plan to hold your day in winter or summer be sure to ask is the venue the venue has heating and air conditioning? Is there a ‘backup’ space if the weather changes? If there is a good lighting so that our guests will be able to see as the evening goes on?”
While the day is all about you and your partner, you take into account any special accommodations your guests might need when selecting a venue. Is there disabled facilities, accommodation on site or nearby, transport to accommodation etc.
Visit the venue at the time of day you plan to be there
It might seem common sense but if you are planning to use a venue for the views visit them at the time of day you will be there. Just because it looks good of a day doesn’t mean it will look that good of a night and vice versa.
If it will be a night function does the lighting show off the venue. Is there outside flood lighting. Is it cold at night, etc. etc.