Wedding Venues: Choosing the Right One in 5 Steps

wedding venues, choosing the perfect wedding venue

Wedding Venues: Which One Is Right For You?

The history of weddings is almost as long as the history of humanity–from the Nile to mighty Rome. Many traditions have remained, some thankfully have not.

How many of you remember Carrie’s wedding to Mr. Big in Sex in the City?  I certainly could never forget it.  What left the most lasting impression upon me was the scene where Carrie is waiting for Mr. Big at the NYC Public Library. Talk about a wedding venue from heaven. Wedding venues are so important to the planning process. It definitely sets the tone when you choose an iconic location such as the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square in Washington, DC. Think massive columns, 150-seat theater, and awe-inspiring 1900′s architecture.

So, how should you choose between dozens of wedding venues to pick the perfect location?

Start by brainstorming and jotting down places where you and your fiancé would like to have your wedding. There are so many wedding venues to choose from. So working together will be important to the wedding planning process. Here are some things to consider:

  1. It takes two – The both of you will need to discuss how large the wedding and reception will be. Determine if you will be inviting everyone you both know or just close friends and family members. The number of people that a venue can accommodate will be a key in your selection process.
  2. How much are you willing to spend – Paying for years on a wedding is not fashionable in this economy. Come up with a firm amount you are willing to pay, and stick to it. If the venue you want costs more than what you have budgeted, try to negotiate that cost. If they are averse to budge, then you will have to decide if you want it bad enough to cut back on some other wedding expenses. Also consider changing the day of your wedding to a Friday or Sunday. There may be more availability on those days and most venues tend to be a bit cheaper on those days.
  3. Ceremony Type – A typical ceremony site would be a church, mosque, or synagogue. But what if you want something a little different? Decide as a couple beforehand what kind of feel you want for your wedding. Unique wedding venues can create a special atmosphere for your event. Consider having your wedding at one of these venues:
    • Museums and libraries offer the enjoyment of art and history;
    • Botanical gardens are lovely. Your guests can stroll the grounds and your decorating costs will be at a minimum;
    • A winery is incredibly beautiful (and tasty);
    • Trains and boats offer a unique experience.
  4. Narrow down the choices – What does the venue site provide? Do you have to provide your own tables and chairs or will they be provided? If dancing is important, you want to make sure that the venue can accommodate dancing and has a terrific dance floor. Do they have a kitchen where your caterer can heat up the food? Is parking easily assessable for guests? The venue location should be easy for people to find.
  5. Visit the venue – Once all information has been determined, head out the wedding venues and look around. Some wedding venues may look good on the web but may not be what you are looking for once you go inside. Make sure you both are comfortable with your decision. You do not want to be stressed out on the big day.

I would love to hear about some unique wedding venues you’ve visited. Drop a comment below.

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