Happy New Year! Some of you danced into 2021 with a fiancé/fiancée. Congratulations on your engagement! Today marks the official start of our Sunday School Lesson for Engaged Couples. I’m kicking off this series by sharing three essential steps to choosing your venue.
Step 1: Budget and Guest Count
If you are traveling and need directions, you turn on your navigation or ask Siri, right? Your map and/or navigation is your blueprint to where you are going. In the case of choosing your wedding venue, you should first start with creating your budget and narrow down your guest count. Your budget and guest count will serve as your blueprint to choosing a venue.
I know you may have the perfect venue in mind but is that venue in your budget range? Can the venue accommodate your guest count? If the answer to either of these questions is no, it doesn’t mean that particular venue has to be checked off your list. You should take a second look at your budget to see if you can re-arrange some items. If you have already hired a wedding planner, he or she can help with this process.
Step 2: Know Your Vision
Your wedding day vision should align in all areas including your venue. If you are dreaming of a winter white wedding, big windows to allow an abundance of natural light to come in and all acrylic decor, you will know that a rustic barn with dim lighting and no windows will not be a good fit for your vision. Keep in mind, your vision can change after touring venues. However, it is always good to have a starting vision plan.
Step 3: Create Questions
Before touring a venue, create a list of questions that can help you make an informed decision after your meeting with the venue coordinator. Some questions to ask the coordinator are how many guests can the venue accommodate? Can you bring in your own licensed and insured caterers? What is their cancellation policy? Don’t forget we are in a pandemic. Do they offer tables and chairs? If you decide to have an outdoor ceremony, does the venue offer an alternative, in case of inclement weather. There are so many important questions that will need to be answered when touring a venue. It is best to have your questions written down so you won’t forget to ask the questions most important to you.
There are numerous avenues to choosing your dream venue that is best for your wedding. These three steps will lead you on the path to choosing the right one.