Getting engaged is exciting and one of the happiest times of your life. Planning the wedding, while it is a fun and exciting time, it can also cause a lot of stress. One of the first things you must think about when planning your wedding is what venue is perfect for the ceremony and reception? You have a few choices and options here: you could have them both in the same location, or you could book separate spaces for both.
Here are some tips for finding the perfect wedding and reception venue for you.
Hire a Wedding Planner
Yes, you can look for a wedding venue on your own, but if you are not sure what the perfect space would be for you, then hire a wedding planner to help. You could even just book them for a few hours of their time to talk to them about which venue is right for you. Wedding planners know what spaces are available in your area and which ones fit your needs and wants.
They are able to book viewings of spaces faster. They also have knowledge of places you might not have thought of before or knew existed. If you have ideas of how you would like your wedding and reception to go, they can help find you the perfect venue.
Know What You Want Your Wedding and Reception Venues to Look Like
Before heading out and looking at spaces for your wedding and reception, have an idea of what you would like them to look like. Sit and talk about what style you would like to have. Would you like a modern style? Then maybe check out art galleries and museums that rent spaces for events. Do you want a unique style to your venue? Then maybe a warehouse, certain restaurants or nightclubs, and even hotels might fit the bill.
Or if you want nature as a backdrop, try national parks, beaches, ranches or even a friend's backyard. It's a good idea to know what you would like your wedding and reception to look like before you search for a wedding venue.
Find a Flexible Place Regarding Decorating and Prices
While you will find some places that have packages you can buy that can include everything you need for both your wedding and reception, you can also choose bits and pieces of packages at others. For example, they will decorate for you, either with their own decorations or ones you bring. You could also find spaces that will provide catering at your reception or allow you to bring your own food.
It's a good idea to find a flexible venue that will allow you to do things your way. If you wish to use some of their services but prefer to decorate your own way, find a space that allows for that. Same with flexibility on prices. Find a venue that will charge you only for what you need and want—not one that will charge you full price for an entire package with elements that you don't use.