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How to Choose a Wedding Venue

How do most people decide on a location for their wedding? There are multiple factors to consider including the location of each person, the locations of most of their family and guests, and of course, personal preference. It’s definitely true that having a wedding near the couple is easier for the sake of planning, but there are so many other factors to consider. Today we’ll break down the biggest pieces.

Personal Preference: Is there a place that you’ve always pictured getting married? Is there a location that is near and dear to your heart or that has played a big part in your relationship? That’s the first place to start when trying to find a location for your wedding. Picking a place of significance to you and your significant other will undoubtedly make the wedding feel more personal and imbue the day with meaning. If you don’t have a location in mind, you can also look at what’s convenient for you or the majority of your guests.

Once you’ve decided on a city, you’ll also need to start looking at what type of wedding you want to have. Do you want something elegant and formal? Or are you looking for fun and relaxed? Your venue will indicate your style to your guests, so be sure that your choice matches your preferences. You’ll also need to be aware of the size of your reception and any rules that are in place. During the pandemic, outdoor spaces have become extremely important and the guest sizes have shrunk, so you may want to consider what spaces the venue has available in case you need to make last-minute changes.

Family Interests: While the wedding should be about you as a couple, your family will likely also factor into the choices that you’re making. Your parents may want you to have a larger wedding or they may even have a say in the style. If they are paying or donating to the wedding budget, they may also feel that they have a larger say in the matter. Diplomacy in wedding planning is extremely important, so if you don’t have a strong preference on some of the items, it may be easier to let your parent’s choices prevail. If there’s something that’s really important to you about the location, make sure to share that with your parents before you begin venue shopping.

Other Factors: It’s been said that looking for a venue that meets all your criteria is one of the largest stressors in wedding planning. You’ll need to ensure that it’s available on your date, is within your budget, and that it meets the style and size requirements we mentioned above. No matter how you slice it, it will take some work to find something that is suited for your wedding. Right now, many venues are closed, and you may be even harder pressed to find something that works for you. Take your time, prioritize your requirements, and in some cases, you may have to compromise to get most of the things you want. If you’re looking for assistance, contact us so that we can help remove this big stress from your wedding planning!

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