Choosing your wedding venue

You got engaged, yay, and you’ve set the date. Except for those who had their hearts set on a venue of their dreams, for most of us the next step in wedding planning is choosing a wedding venue. This can be a challenging task with so many options available. Perhaps you’ve found some venues that you like – they fit your budget, theme and aesthetic, but you are still struggling to decide.

Here are some factors to help in making your decision, and factors we personally found important when choosing our own wedding venue.

1. Communication

How well does the venue co-ordinator communicate with you? Do they respond to your emails timeously? Do you have a phone number you can reach them on? Do they answer your questions? Communication is very important and a venue that doesn’t respond, or leaves you hanging for two weeks can add a lot of unneeded stress. On the other hand a venue that communicates with you effectively can literally make planning a wedding on the other side of the country a dream, so take the time to weigh this up. You are effectively building a relationship, albeit a short one, with each service provider and you want to know that you will be heard, and feel that your needs will be met. Communication, as with all other relationships, is key.

2. Interaction

How do they make you feel? From the first interaction you can generally gauge, are you going to be a number to them, or will you be valued as a person. Your wedding is a special occasion, your once in a lifetime, you want to feel like you are cared for, not like number 26 in a batch order. Yes, most lovely wedding venues are busy and host many weddings in a year, but part of customer service is creating a positive experience for the client.

3. Value Add-in

Does the venue offer any value added services? Many venues now offer catering and other services like décor and flowers to their wedding clients. These services can add a lot of value to planning your wedding, knowing that they are all provided by the same service provider you already trust. It can mean ticking a whole lot of boxes on your to do list which is great, and on the day you don’t need to worry about the flowers not arriving on time and another person to contact. It can be very helpful. However, I would personally be wary of any stringent policies saying you must make use of service provider X (and no other), as this reduces your freedom of choice, and as it’s your day, you want to have choices and know the choices you make are yours.

4. Location

Where is the venue located? How are the surrounding areas? Location with all real estate is key, and a beautiful location may mean that all you need to do on your special day is arrive and leave at the end. You can get ready there, have your couple photographs taken there, and so on. This can mean a lot of time and stress saved on the day, not needing to travel between different locations.

5. Reviews

Have you read any reviews you can find? These can be helpful, sometimes other’s experiences can help us make a decision, when we are unsure. In our particular case, we were interested in a venue, but after we didn’t receive a response for two weeks, we started looking at reviews and we found some very unsavoury ones regarding the owner, this lead to us confirming our decision to look elsewhere.

In closing, choosing your venue is the starting point for bringing your day together. Of course factors like budget, style – does it suit your theme, and aesthetic will be considered first. However, given those factors the above points are some things you might want to consider before clicking the pay button.

Happy wedding planning!

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