When you are getting married, it is easy to overlook certain things because you are excited and filled with stress. With that said, choosing a venue has to be a well thought out decision. If you want to make the right choice and you are unsure of how to do so, here is a helpful list of DOs and DON’Ts that will streamline the process.
DON’T assume a place is out of your price range based on looks alone. It is common for couples to look at pictures of wedding venues on the Web and make assumptions without knowing all of the facts. Just because the photos you see appear to be high-end and out of your league, that does not mean that this is necessarily the case. You should always verify rates before ruling out what may be a viable option.
DO keep in mind that every venue will have a different policy when it comes to deposits. Make sure that you are prepared to pay as much as 50% to reserve the space that you have chosen. This may seem like a bit of a stretch, but this is typically required to ensure that people will show up on the scheduled day instead of cancelling randomly and the venue owner loses money.
DON’T forget to think about those who may have issues getting around. If you are planning to invite guests who have disabilities, it is your responsibility to make sure they can get around with ease. This means that choosing a space that has an accessible entrance and/or elevators is essential.
DO everything possible to book your venue right away. Even if your wedding date seems far off, there is a chance that your preferred location is popular and needs to be reserved well in advance. As an aside, if you book a space now for a wedding that is happening in a year or two, you are likely to save money since you will be quoted a price based on today’s rates, instead of prices that may have been inflated over time.
DON’T look for a venue until you are sure of how many guests you plan to invite to the wedding. It is much easier to write a guest list and select a space accordingly than to do things the other way around. This is also an important step because every venue has capacity limits when it comes to the number of people that can be accommodated. Having a solid estimate ahead of time will ensure that you decide on a place that is able to fit everyone comfortably.
A wedding is an event that will be remembered long after the ceremony is held and the new couple starts their lives. For this reason, you should try your best to make sure that everything is perfect. Choosing the venue is something that deserves some care and consideration. Keeping all of these points in mind during the process will increase the likelihood of making the best choice.