Now that you have found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, and gotten engaged, the planning begins. It can be overwhelming at first, but take your time and a lot of deep breaths. Enlist the help of your friends and family, and make lots of lists. There are even websites that have all kinds of lists ready for you to use if you choose. When you get to the point where you are ready to choose your wedding venue, look no further than below for the steps on how to get it right. Your venue has the biggest impact on the look of your wedding, so you want to make sure you choose the right one for you and your partner.
- Cost is almost everyone’s number one concern when making choices about where to have their wedding, who they want to cater it, and how many people they can invite. That continues to hold true. Make sure that your entire wedding budget is decided on in the beginning, and stick to it as you make big decisions. Food is perhaps the only more costly thing than the wedding venue, so picking these out early on will help you figure out where and how to cut costs in other areas that are not as high profile.
- Once you have determined your budget, you will need to think about a date for your wedding, and the best advice from experts is to select several possible dates. This way when you shop around for a wedding venue, you are not limiting yourself from certain ones right off the bat if they are not available on the one day you have chosen. Having several dates in mind allows for much more flexibility and negotiating power as well, because certain dates might be more expensive than others.
- You also need to have a good sense of your head count, which you probably determined along with the budget. If not, you are going to want to have a good estimate, and also account for approximately fifteen to twenty percent of the invited guests not showing up. Every venue is going to have a maximum capacity limit, but they can vary quite wildly so knowing at least your approximate range can help you rule out those that are too small or even too big for your potential wedding size.
- Check out a variety of sites around town, such as Chateaux at Fox, before making a final decision. You will want to be sure you have seen all the options in your size and price range for that date, and that you are able to accommodate different vendors such as caterers or DJs as well. Keep a close eye on your nearest lodgings when selecting a venue, as well as consider the cost of transportation if it is not within walking accessibility to the location. All of these factors will help you ensure that you get the right venue for your big day, at a price you can afford!