Every aspect of a marriage is optional, from wearing a traditional dress instead of a western dress to forgoing the wedding cake to ditching the flowers, there’s one thing you just cannot skip: a venue. After all, you have to have a place for your friends and family to gather and celebrate.
But selecting a venue is not easy. There are a variety of options to choose from whether you’re looking for an elegant ballroom during winters or a quiet stretch of beach for a summer wedding. So we combined a few points for finding your dream venue during summers!
Talk to your Wedding Planner first!
Before you start looking for venues, talk to your planner. They are more familiar with the capabilities of space, items, a layout that you really need.
Speak your heart out to them. Talk about the type of venue you want and what kind of arrangements you are planning to make for your guests.
Choose the Venue that Aligns with your Vision!
Look for a wedding venue that fit the aesthetic you have in mind. If you are planning a summer wedding, look for open resorts or outdoor venues, and a hall in the center of it decorated with seasonal flowers and more natural elements.
If you’re planning a modern wedding, look for well-designed restaurant spaces or art galleries. Choosing a venue that fits your theme will enable your wedding to feel more connected to the venue.
Don’t Forget your Budget!
Know how much your total budget is since venues with in-house catering will charge a price-per-plate. Décor and floral designs will also drive the cost up.
If you want to rent a garden or an outdoor place, you are exempted from paying the electricity bill cost. All you need to spend is on decoration, lighting and food.
It is better to break down your overall budget by prioritizing more funds for vendors and categorizing by category. If you have decided your venue first, and then realize that you have allocated more to it, it will be an uphill battle to stay within your budget when you still have a dozen other people to hire.
Decoration and Requirements- What to Include?
Be sure to price everything out, if you’re looking at some venues where you can bring in your own vendors and décor or that is full-service. It’s better to get an estimate from a rental company if you are planning to rent tables, chairs, and linens. If a venue provides you with all that, then it might cost more upfront than a place where you need to lease your own.
If you are working with a venue that has in-house catering with food and beverages too, be sure to include gratuity and the tax in your calculations. You can go for customized menus they will save you a lot of money.