Choosing Your Wedding Venue!
Congratulations on your engagement! Newly engaged couples hear this a lot. Enjoy this exciting and special time, and celebrate all you can. Part of the excitement will be the fun of choosing your wedding venue. If you didn’t already know, planning a wedding is a big deal and requires lots of preparation. Some decisions need to be made as soon as possible, whether your wedding day is 3 months, 9 months, or 2 years away. Choosing your wedding date along with choosing your wedding venue is top.
Your date and your venue! Your wedding date will soon become the most important and cherished date on your calendar, and will be every year “until death do us part.” Along with your wedding date, the pictures from your wedding will become a cherished item in your home for the rest of your life. The backdrop of those pictures, especially if you dream of an outdoor ceremony, will reflect so much about your wedding day. Therefore choosing your wedding venue with your preferred atmosphere and scenery needs to be top on your to-do list.
40% of couples get engaged over the holidays. The most popular engagement days are Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Years, and Valentine’s Day. Thousands of couples get engaged between November and February. Believe it or not, thousands are looking in and around your preferred city!
Weddings are most often held over a weekend. The majority of couples prefer that highly prized Saturday date. With only 52 weekends in a year, and much fewer during the popular early summer and autumn months, the competition to secure your date at your choice venue is fierce. The 1899 Farmhouse Wedding Venue books more wedding dates during the month of January than any other month of the year. Its best to begin touring and choosing your wedding venue before January gets here.
Simplify Your Search
Because of the rapid increase in wedding venues over the last few years, the choices can be overwhelming. To simplify, decide on the following 3 things:
- Setting – Do you want your setting to be outdoor country, outdoor garden, lake, indoor chapel, indoor barn, etc.?
- Guest Count – How many people will your venue need to accommodate.
- Budget – How much are you able to spend on a venue?
After deciding on those three things, it will be easier to narrow down your search for a venue. Searching online requires a lot of time, but is also a lot of fun! Most all venues will have pictures for you to see the setting. Don’t forget to look beyond the website, venues often post pictures/videos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. You should be able to easily find how many guest each venue accommodates. Something to consider – if you find a venue that seats 400 and you are only planning for 100, that venue make look “empty” with your amount of guests. Not all venues post their pricing online, and many will only give you a range. Finding out the exact cost of each venue may require some time calling/emailing.
When you have researched all those beautiful wedding venues, try to narrow it down to your top 3-5. Realistically it will be hard to make trips out to visit every venue you like online. Obviously you do not want to book your most special day at a place that you have not visited and seen in person. The venue’s availability may narrow down your choices. If you like a venue after touring and your date is available, GRAB IT! Sign the contract and pay the required deposit. Remember, engagements for thousands of couples will be happening soon. The competition for those weekend dates is fierce!