So you’re embarking on your wedding planning journey – you’ve drafted your guest list, you’ve set your budget, and are now beginning the search for your perfect venue. Howww excited are you?! I’m going to share a few bits of wisdom with you about what to keep in mind during your venue tours. Grab some coffee and let’s jump in!
I’d actually like to back up a bit to talk about a few key reasons that it’s so important to book the venue before any other vendors first.
Your venue determines the following:
Next, venues get booked up the furthest out. In an average year-long engagement, I recommend booking the ceremony and reception venues within the first 2 months. And even then, there is a chance that your desired venue may not be available for your date (depending on the season). If you have your heart set on a particular date, get a jump on this process early. And if that date is during peak season in your area, you definitely need to. In most areas, venues book up a year out, and up to two. If your engagement is longer than a year, booking the venue should happen first thing.
Now let’s get into how to actually find your wedding venue!
First, know how much you are willing to spend on your venue. This will help you narrow down the options that fit your needs. You will be ready to ask the right questions as well! The rental cost of the venue is only the start. Be sure to ask these questions during your search:
Be sure to rely on your wedding planner during your venue search! They will understand your style preference and budget! The wedding planner most likely has experience working at vendors in your desired area so they can provide you with some reliable options.
Speaking of location, be sure to know this before beginning to look at venues! Narrowing down the location in your search is so helpful. It is okay if you don’t know the exact city, but at least know the state.
Once you have your basics down, it is time to start searching! While your wedding planner might also be looking for options, it doesn’t hurt to search on your own. We love Instagram and Pinterest for finding the best venues. Search your location and then the phrase “wedding venue”.
If you loved this blog, be sure to read about what to look for when booking your wedding vendors next!