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Choosing the perfect wedding venue

12 essential factors to keep in mind

Cassie Rosch Photography

Ah, the magic of your wedding day. It's that once-in-a-lifetime celebration where choosing the perfect venue is like finding the ultimate stage for the greatest show on Earth.

But with so many options out there, it can feel a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack. Fret not, lovebirds!

Wanderlynn Photography

I'm here to sprinkle some joy into this decision-making process with a list of 12 practical factors to consider when picking the spot for your dream wedding:

  1. Budget: Let's start with the real talk – money matters! Set a budget that won't have you crying into your wedding cake.

  2. Guest list: Think of your guest list as your own special entourage. Choose a venue that can comfortably house your VIPs and ensure everyone has enough room to dance, laugh, and celebrate with you. (If you know me, you know I recommend 150 and under for the most manageable & intimate of gatherings.)

  3. Location: Is it a hometown affair or a destination dream? Pick a spot that makes your heart flutter, whether it's the Mediterranean-inspired architecture at Villa Terrace or industrial vibes at Ivy House. Location sets the mood, after all.

  4. Aesthetics: Picture this: Your dream wedding, your dream setting. Whether it's a rustic barn, a glitzy ballroom, or a fairytale garden, go for a venue that feels like it was plucked straight from the pages of your favorite love story.

  5. Availability: Flexibility is the name of the game. Venues can be like the hottest tickets in town, so having a few date options up your sleeve is the best way to snag the venue at the top of your wish list.

  6. Services and amenities: Some venues are like all-inclusive resorts. Check if they throw in the catering, bar packages, and maybe even wedding decor. It's like having your day on autopilot.

  7. Weather: Rain or shine, it's wedding time. Make sure your venue can handle the elements and has a backup plan in case Mother Nature decides to join the party uninvited, that minx.

  8. Accessibility: Nobody wants a treasure hunt on their wedding day. Choose a venue that's easy for you and your guests to get to, with at least some parking & handicap accessibility if needed.

  9. Catering: Food is love, and love is food! Whether it's in-house catering or a food truck bonanza, make sure your venue lets you eat, drink, and be married exactly how you want.

  10. Vendor variety: Check if your dream venue plays well with others. Some places have exclusive deals with vendors, so find out if you can bring your own dream team or if you're stuck with the venue's BFFs.

  11. Logistics: Dressing rooms, dance floors, and sound systems – the unsung heroes of a fantastic wedding. Make sure your venue has all the behind-the-scenes essentials to keep the party rolling smoothly. There's nothing I love more than a loading dock!

  12. Reviews and recommendations: Before you commit, read the reviews and hear the love stories from couples who've danced down the same aisle. A venue that has a fan club is a great sign.

Alixann Loosle Photography

Choosing your dream wedding venue should be as light and breezy as a walk in the proverbial love park.

While the process might seem a tad overwhelming and stressful, remember, there's no need to rush. Take a deep breath, relax, and give yourself the time to make a decision that fills you with confidence.

Armed with these 12 considerations, not only will you discover the ideal venue, but you'll also guarantee that your wedding day becomes a bangin' celebration that you'll cherish forever.

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