Unless you already have a place in mind, researching wedding venues could seem like a daunting task – especially if you don’t have a wedding planner. There are so many things to think about: location, size, convenience and parking along with other things like catering, staffing and furniture!
If you don’t know where to start, it’s always a safe bet to hop on Google and see if there are any local venue open houses coming up. These are great because while you go to check out the layout of the venue, you can enjoy meeting some new people and snacking on great hors d’oeuvres and wine. Another way to scope out some venues is to ask your friends if they know anyone who’s gotten married recently and where they got married. Call up the venue and make an appointment to have a tour and speak with a venue coordinator.
Don’t cross off restaurants either, especially if you are looking for a smaller more intimate setting. Most restaurants these days are prepared with set menus, wine lists and staffing to hold the ceremony, dinner and reception. This may be a more cost-effective option to consider since you wouldn’t have to worry about having separate venues for each part of your day, which is altogether less stress!
Most importantly, don’t get overwhelmed. Just keep in mind when you start looking for a venue that you ask for the cost breakdown and what it includes – and be prepared to have a deposit ready. Most venues book close to a year in advance and require a percentage of the deposit to hold the date. Be sure to have fun and stick to your budget!
by Ashley Victoria Guy
Sourced from Ashley Victoria Productions