Your venue is one of the most important parts of your wedding. It can honestly make or break your big day. If you choose an outdoor venue with no indoor options, what do you do if it rains? You can rent a tent if you have budgeted for that additional cost. But you need to be sure you have a large enough flat space to put a tent.
1st things 1st, decide on your budget. You don't want to spend 3/4 your savings on your venue and not have money for food or a DJ. Between your venue and catering, you can plan to spend about 45% of your budget. Take a look at what is in your area and in your budget.
Next, decide on the "look" you want for a venue. Your venue should fit your wedding theme and style. Do you want modern with lots of glass and clean lines? Or, are you more rustic and want a barn in the country? Now you can narrow your search to those venues that fit your style.
By now, you should have an idea what your guest list looks like. So now we are going to compare the venues in your price range and style to see how many guests each one can comfortably hold. You really don't want to squeeze everyone in and not have room for a dance floor or be able to move around to greet your family and friends.
Your venue list should be a lot smaller by now. So next, think about if you want a venue that includes food or if you want an outside caterer. Some venues will require you to use their catering or someone they prefer.
How many are left on your list now? Now, visit those venues to see which one you can imagine having your perfect day there. Easy peasy! Good luck in your search!
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