Which wedding venue will you choose? How will you afford it?
Choosing your venue is the single most important thing when planning a wedding. Deciding your theme and style set the tone for the entire day and all of the setup and favors that accompany it. Here are four very different popular venue types and what makes them unique:
First things first – talk to your planner, says wedding planner Stacie Baines. “Identify what your wants and needs before searching. How many guests will you have? Do you know what style wedding you’re going for? Do you want an indoor or outdoor venue? Make sure that you have it all planned out before sinking your money in a venue. And if you’re on a tight budget, try not to set unrealistic expectations in your mind. Search for venues in your budget for a stress-free day.”
Farm/barn wedding venue
If a rustic wedding is what you’ve dreamed of since you were little, then a farm/barn wedding is a great fit for you. There’s a sense of rustic charm and a “welcome home” kind of casual feeling, plus these venues offer amazing, scenic backdrops for photos. Sound like what you’re looking for? WeddingWire has a great list of venues for you to check out.
Banquet Hall wedding venue
These venues are usually great for brides looking for a one-stop-shop. Some banquet halls may offer catering and other services in-house that’ll take a load of stress off (regarding wedding logistics) and the best part is that these venues are usually larger in size and fit bigger guest counts. If this fits the bill, you can find a list of banquet halls here.
Vineyard/Winery wedding venue
Wine lovers, celebrate! Many vineyards and wineries not only host amazing wine to enjoy, but most of them are also equipped with beautiful space and scenery for events. Even if you’re not crazy about wine, you’ll likely love the unique vineyard wedding locations.
Garden wedding venue
Are you a floral fanatic? Perhaps you’ll love a soft, and colorful wedding in a garden. Nature-lovers all around will adore getting married in a garden, with blossoming flowers and trees surrounding providing a gorgeous natural setting. You’ll naturally cut costs on floral arrangements and outside wedding décor just for the mere fact that there are already so many flowers, trees and plants surrounding you. Just remember to make a backup plan in case the weather doesn’t want to cooperate that day.
No matter what kind of venue you’re considering, you need to know your budget before you fall in love with a place you can’t afford, said Baines. “Come up with a budget and stick with it. Do not go venue shopping at venues you cannot afford. It will only cause disappointment.”
Speaking of disappointment, we asked Stacie about the most disastrous experience she’s ever had in her profession while planning weddings and she told us a story of a venue that had less than adequate bathroom accommodations. “There were no lights! Only dirty shower curtain as doors, yuk!”
The importance of finding the perfect venue includes a thorough walkthrough and checklist:
- Does it have everything you need?
- Does it have proper space for your guests?
- Electricity? If so, do all of the outlets works?
- Will you get all the beautiful pictures you want here? Check landscaping.
“Brides who don’t double check run the risk of being disappointed on their wedding day,” said Baines. “A wedding DJ I know was booked for a venue that turned out to have no working electric outlets. She arrived with big lights and sound, but nowhere to plug them in. Fortunately, the DJ had a spare system that was battery powered and ready to go, but a little extra vetting could have prevented last-minute stress.”
You might not think “Is there electricity?” is a question you need to ask. But it just might be.
Want to save money on food? Have an outdoor wedding
Stacie noted that most park venues will allow you to bring your own food. If you have family and friends who love to cook, this could help you save money and serve amazing home-made food!
Things you may not know about wedding venues
“A lot of brides don’t take into consideration all of the hidden costs that can come with venues, such as linens, staffing and event insurance,” says Peachy Keen’s wedding planner, Victoria Baggett. “Make sure to research and ask lots of questions.” Another hidden cost to consider includes rental items. If your venue doesn’t come with all of the tables, chairs, glassware and plates you need, you’ll have to budget for that as well, said Baggett. Another thing that most brides don’t know is that when looking at venues, it’s imperative to make sure that your caterer and your venue match up as far as their own personal requirements. For example, caterers sometimes bring hotboxes and food that is already warmed, but if your venue isn’t equipped with a kitchen that can set up burners and refrigeration, your food will get cold and that’s no way to spend perfectly good money.
Pro Tip from Victoria Baggett: “Your personal boutonnieres, corsages and flower crowns need to be refrigerated because you can’t put them in a vase with water. Regular bouquets are fine as they are placed in a vase before being handed off, otherwise, your flowers can wilt.”
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