How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Venue
Updated: Dec 9, 2019
If you are starting your wedding planning journey as a newly engaged couple, first of all, congratulations on this beautiful new chapter in life.
There’s a bigger day coming though. One that would need a lot of planning and deliberation to ensure that everything is perfectly organized to help you achieve your vision of a dream wedding. And while every decision, no matter how small, plays a crucial role in crafting the biggest day of your life, none come close in importance to deciding on the venue of your wedding ceremony.
And don’t worry, because we are here to help you choose the right venue for your dream wedding.
Would a traditional church ceremony better suit you or are you looking for a marquee reception? Are country barns more your thing or does a romantic lakeside wedding feel right to you? There are endless possibilities and our top tips will help you make the selection process a little easier.
Here are a few questions you need to ask about each venue and all the details you need to consider before deciding on one.
Does It Align With Your Wedding Vision?
If you want a modern city-chic wedding, consider art galleries and restaurants with contemporary décor or even warehouses.
On the other side, if you want to incorporate elements of nature into your special day, then outdoor venues such as ranches, lake-side resorts, and ranches should work well for you.
So when presented with a choice, only look at it if it aligns with your dreams and goals for the perfect wedding. Otherwise, move on!
Will Your Guests Be Comfortable Here?
First of all, figure out how many people will be invited to the wedding from both the bride and groom’s side. Then, look for a wedding venue that’s big enough to accommodate all of them to save yourself from a lot of heartache and headache later on.
Unfortunately, couples often underestimate how many people they’ll invite, then their parents add to the list as well, the siblings want their friends invited too – before you know it, there’s a tough situation at hand. Don’t make this mistake and be sure how many guests are coming before you book a venue.
What’s Your Budget?
Americans spend $22,000 on average on a traditional wedding ceremony; this not only includes rental for the venue, but also vendor payments for décor, flowers, catering, etc.
Take all these factors into consideration when deciding on a venue and scale back the added costs or look for affordable spaces to ensure that the entire event falls within your budget. It might also be a good idea to prioritize vendor costs because people remember the food and décor long after the event.
If you do select the venue first, ask them if they would be interested in including catering and décor into your package. You can also work with a local planner to find good deals on such details.
How Far Is The Venue?
If out-of-town guests are invited, look for a venue that offers overnight accommodations or at least one that has a hotel nearby.
Ask the venue management how many people can fit in the room comfortably and what they are allowed to do in accordance with the fire safety code. For example, will your guests have catering or is there a kitchen where they can cook?
Does Your Venue Allow You To Stay True To Yourselves?
Most couples choose venues based on images they see online, even though it’s not really their style.
It is essential to be authentic as a couple when creating your wedding vision, so you can plan a day that encompasses all your dreams. Choose a space and décor that truly represents you, as a couple, in love.
Finally, remember that a venue may look gorgeous in a theme or design scheme, but if it’s not the perfect canvas for your love, then it’s not all that amazing.
The Last Word
There are plenty of exclusive venues to attract your attention in and around Alabama, but one stands out from the crowd: The Barn Smith Lake at Bremen, Alabama.
It’s an excellent choice for anyone planning a formal(ish) dinner wedding, but doesn’t want all the decorum of a hotel. You’ll have two options – a barn-style wedding or a glasshouse wedding, and each offers something truly wonderful and unique.
Additionally, the Barn Smith Lake hosts one group of guests at a time so you can have the intimacy of a private event at a grand venue. The location is to die for; with picturesque sunsets that make for a great photo op.