Summer Weddings: 5 Important Questions to Ask When Selecting a Venue
Once you find the right venue, most pieces will fall into place.
Researched, written by Amber & The Team
Updated on May 19, 2023
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Let’s face it – summer is the perfect season for weddings!
Whether it’s sunny or it rains, and whether you’re doing a day wedding or plan to party all night long, the weather will be nice enough to have fun outside and dance under the stars.
But this doesn’t mean you won’t need a venue.
After all, you still need a place where your guests can sit and enjoy a delicious gourmet meal and a glass of champagne in your honor.
The wedding venue can make or break the atmosphere of your wedding because it influences the number of guests, your décor options, your vendors, your wedding date, and your budget.
So, before you choose that coquet building you’ve admired for so long, make sure to ask yourself a series of questions that will let you know if the venue is a good fit for your wedding.
Below, we listed some of the most important questions, but you can add more according to your unique situation.
How Many People Fit Inside the Venue?
When deciding on a wedding venue, the size is an important factor because it impacts the number of people that can join you on your big day.
So, before you even start looking for venues, it’s important to make a rough guest list to narrow down options.
Also, it’s a good idea to be aware of the capacity of daytime and evening events in the area where you plan to have your wedding.
Additionally, it is helpful to view the venue set up for a wedding or view photographs in order to get a better idea of how the space will look when filled with tables.
After all, the enjoyment of your guests is part of planning the perfect wedding.
What is the Overall Style of the Venue?
What is the overall theme of your wedding?
Your venue should fit the overall vision and aesthetic of your wedding, so it’s best to decide what kind of wedding you want (day, night, beach, classic, and so on).
If you feel a bit low on inspiration (it happens to the best of us), you can use the magical power of the internet, especially Pinterest.
Look for wedding-related Pinboards, and you’ll find thousands of amazing ideas in a wide variety of styles.
What’s Your Budget?
While the post-pandemic wedding boom is winding down, the high inflation and cost of living still keep weddings at a higher price than they used to be.
So, make sure to research several venues before deciding on the one.
The good news is that you can still have a great wedding even if you’re on a budget.
Sure, it can be a daunting task, but with proper planning and realistic expectations, it is possible to have a beautiful wedding day without breaking the bank.
For instance, midweek weddings are getting increasingly popular since they are often more affordable.
However, if most of your guests can’t make it, this may not be in the cards for you.
Still, there are dates when renting a venue is more affordable, so keep your eyes peeled for such an opportunity.
What’s the Ideal Location?
Honestly, this one should be first on the list of go-to questions when choosing a wedding venue.
Besides the fact that the location sets the mood, you also have to think about accessibility, nearby accommodations, and the distance from the nearest international airport if guests are coming from abroad.
So, while the venue should be chosen based on your preferences, you also need to consider the comfort and experience of your guests.
What are the Entertainment Options?
The type of entertainment you can offer, besides dance and music, is also influenced by the venue you select.
So, if you’re planning anything extravagant (fireworks, acrobats, special dance numbers, or anything else), check if the venue allows it and has the space and facilities to support it.
Additionally, if you’re having an outdoor wedding, check to see if music is allowed outdoors in the area.
Also, don’t forget about the cut-off time for loud noise (unless you want a visit from the police on your wedding night).
Wedding planning is complex and exhausting (especially if you’re doing it by yourselves), but once you manage to find the right venue, most pieces will fall into place.
So focus on the venue first, and design your plans based on what you can find and book.
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