One of the biggest decisions you will make in regards to your wedding is picking the perfect affordable wedding venue. I mean, seriously, there are SO many options out there, and it can sometimes feel impossible to find the right venue for you and your fiancé. Am I right? Well, what happens once you find it? And how can you be certain you are making the right choice? Well, my friend, that's what I am teaching you today. Continue reading to learn about the FIVE things you need to know, and need to pay attention to, prior to signing that wedding venue contract.
1. Venue Size
While it might sound obvious, it's important to pay attention to the size of the wedding venue. Chances are, you are only looking at spaces that are gong to accommodate your estimated number of guests, but I encourage you to take that one step further.
Is it going to comfortably fit all of your guests and everything you want to bring in? For example, will your guests feel like they are on top of one another once you bring in a dance floor, a band, and a dinner buffet? I don't expect you to know this by walking into a space, so it's important that you have these conversations with your venue manager PRIOR to signing any contracts.
On the contrary, a space shouldn't feel TOO big. If you are booking a venue that accommodates 250 guests, and you only have 75, it is going to feel VERY empty. If this happens, you may find yourself wanting to bring in additional decor to help fill the space, which is going to add additional unforeseen costs to your big day.
Once again, this may seem obvious, but you want to find a venue that compliments your wedding 'vision.' If you love the aesthetic of your wedding venue, you won't feel the need to bring in as much decor; making it a much more affordable wedding venue. It will also eliminate the stress that comes from feeling like you need to figure out how to update or cover up an ugly venue. 'Pretty' venues may be slightly more expensive in the beginning, but the cost may balance out if you do not need to bring in as much decor.
3. Top Three Priorities
Before you book your wedding venue, I encourage you and your fiancé to sit down and zone in on your top three wedding priorities. Is it the photography? Is it being able to dance into the wee hours of the morning? Is it having a delicious meal? Is it having live music? Is it having gorgeous scenery? Knowing what is important to you, is going to help you determine the RIGHT venue for you.