5 Tips on Selecting a Wedding Venue

Wedding Wisdom Series

March 14, 2020


Things to Consider When Selecting a Wedding Venue

Finding the right wedding venue takes a lot of time and research and can often be one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding. You need to make sure that your venue ticks all the right boxes before you make a final decision.

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Your venue will influence your budget as well as the atmosphere on the day so before you sign on the dotted line, below are three important things to consider before you decide on your wedding venue.

  1. Select a season and set a date.  If you don’t have your heart set on a Saturday night date in the summer, consider available dates on a Friday or Sunday and during the slower season.
  2. Venue size. Look at how many people you’re planning to invite to your wedding versus the number of people the venue can comfortably cater for. A crowded reception can be quite uncomfortable and if a venue is too large, it can affect the atmosphere and the overall look and feel. Put an initial guest list together before you start venue shopping so that you can make a better decision.
  3. Venue’s capacity for backup plan. Something to take into consideration is the venue’s capacity for a backup plan if it rains or there’s inclement weather. Make sure to look at all the rooms that would be available to you should your ceremony and/or reception be moved inside.
  4. What about the drinks? Alcohol and drinks are a big part of your wedding so it’s important to find out whether you can bring your own alcohol and what the costs are or if the venue will supply the drinks. Since you will also need a licensed bartender to serve alcohol, find out whether the venue can assist with this so that you can factor those costs into your final budget.
  5. Preferred vendors. You’re going to be working with several different vendors in the time leading up to and on your wedding day. Many venues require you to use their vendors so find out about this before you make a booking. If they do work with specific vendors, make sure that you’re happy with their experience, style, personality, and pricing. When a venue works with preferred vendors, it does mean they’re confident in their experience and ability to delivery but it’s more important for you to choose vendors that fit in with your budget and overall preferences. 

There are many different factors to consider when choosing the perfect wedding venue but make sure that it’s a space that speaks to your personalities and style as a couple.

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Where: Burlington Golf & Country Club

  1. Travis Smith says:

    I liked how you mentioned that you should have an official guest list before looking for a wedding venue. My fiancee and I are getting married soon and we were wondering how we could choose a wedding venue easier. I’ll be sure to tell her that we should make a list of guests before looking for a venue.

    • Alina Elvins says:

      Hi Travis! Glad I could help! Let me know if I can you further if you’re still looking for a venue. I have some tips to help with figuring out a venue’s availability more quickly. Cheers! Alina

  2. Daniel says:

    My daughter’s marriage is fixed for the month of October. The above tips would help me to finalize a perfect wedding hall for her wedding. I am working on fixing a budget for wedding venue based on the other marriage expenses. I must start preparing a list of guests who would make up to the wedding. Thanks for the useful post.

  3. Braden Bills says:

    My son is planning his wedding, but he’s not sure where to have it take place. It makes sense that choosing a good venue would be important! I can see how getting a venue that has enough space for all of the guests. That way, he can ensure that everyone can attend the wedding.

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