Some people spend their whole lives thinking about their dream wedding. They spend hours imagining their beautiful white dress, the flowers that will adorn the aisle, and the perfect wedding venue that will host all of their cherished guests.
However, when the time comes, picking a wedding venue can be more difficult than expected.
Whether you’re struggling with decision fatigue or you’ve got really high standards, our useful guide on what to look for in a wedding venue is a great place to start!
Determine Your Theme and Aesthetic
Do you prefer an elegant affair with white and gold finishes or a boho-chic theme with a laid-back atmosphere? Deciding on the color and theme of the wedding is one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding. Once you’ve decided on the look and feel that represents your love, then you can choose a wedding venue that reflects the desired aesthetic.
Find Out What’s Included in the Venue Hire Cost
Each venue will offer its own package with specific inclusions. Some wedding venues are all-inclusive and provide space for the ceremony and reception, with access to rentals, catering, and A/V materials. Other venues offer an empty canvas to paint as your own, transforming the space into your dream wedding venue.
If the venue offers catering, then that’s a big plus! Choosing a wedding venue with a restaurant gives you an opportunity to taste their food beforehand, making sure that you get what you want.
Consider Your Guest List
Each venue will have a limited capacity. Before you choose a wedding venue, you need to draft a guest list to guide your decision. If you book a space that is too small, then you will find yourself in the awkward position of having to cut valuable guests. If you book a venue that is too big, then you may not have the intimate atmosphere that you wanted from the start.
Another important detail to consider is whether your wedding will be a destination event or not. Finalizing the guest list earlier becomes increasingly more important when you have to account for travel and location-based responses. Keep this in mind when choosing your wedding venue.
Finalize Your Budget
As a guideline, the wedding venue can take up 30% of the overall budget. Once you have determined the estimated price range of wedding venues in the area, then it’s a good idea to determine your budget before you start looking around. Finalizing your budget is an effective way to cut wedding venues from your options and avoid overspending.
Ask About Backup Options for Weather
There’s something especially beautiful about celebrating matrimony under the clear sky. Framing your photographs with palm trees and dancing under the stars are all ingredients for a magical celebration — but what happens if the skies open or the wind picks up? Find out about the option of an indoor venue to serve as Plan B, giving you confidence and peace of mind that your big day will go off without a hitch regardless of the weather.
Take Note of Accommodation and Parking Options
Will you be hosting guests from out of town? Perhaps Uber’s are hard to come by early in the morning once the dancing is done? Choosing a venue with accommodation options nearby is a great option for guests who don’t want to travel far after the celebration. Another factor to consider is parking space. Choosing a centralized location with plenty of parking spaces reduces a lot of admin, helping guests relax and get into a festive mood.
Select wedding reception packages can include room accommodations and parking availability, making your life (and your guests’ lives) a lot easier!
A Wedding Venue That Has It All
Taking a moment to consider each of these factors will give you the confidence to choose your wedding venue and alleviate a lot of the stress that comes with planning. At Galuppi’s we offer the full package for the ultimate wedding, contributing to cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
Are you looking for more information? Contact our wedding team to find out more about our packages and how we can make your special day unforgettable.