8 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Wedding Venue

As we mentioned earlier in our What to Consider While Setting Your Wedding Budget article, it is not uncommon to spend almost fifty percent of your wedding budget on the venue and catering. Your catering and decors all depend on the space of your venue. To find your perfect wedding venue consider some of your favorite places to visit. Do you have a favorite museum or hotel? You may even turn to online databases such as Brides.com, check out their real weddings, or Weddingwire.com to find the right spot. While you are exploring wedding venues, it is a good idea to limit yourself to three venues, at most, per day. Anymore than three, you will have a sensory overload.

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A few items you must bear in mind are:

1. Remove any venue, no matter how exquisite, that does not support your total head count. Do not count on reservations to decrease your head count, this will not happen.

2. Does the venue cater? If the venue does cater, what customizations are available to you? If they cannot support your customizations, are you allowed to find a third party vendor? There may be a list of third party caterers that the venue has pre-approved.

3. Can you sample your caterer? Some caterers offer sampling for a fee and may credit the fee back to you if you book with them. If they do not, you can check out their reviews from past clients.

4. Consider a central location for your friends and family. If you really want your friends and family to attend and the drive is difficult to that remote location, try a venue closer to everyone.

5. Will you be having a religious ceremony? You may need to reserve your house of worship. Many places have specific ceremony times and their schedule may impact the start time of your reception.

6. Are you planning to party until dawn? Some venues have set hours and a maximum noise level. Find out before you confirm your reservation.

7. Some hotels book multiple weddings during the weekend. Find out if there are other weddings and consider how that will affect yours.

8 Compose a list of non-negotiable items. For example don’t waste your time touring a venue that will not support your head count or a venue that will not work for you. You should not be forced to alter your wedding plans to make it work.

You may spend a great deal of time searching for the right venue, it’s easy to forget the most important part about the wedding and that is to have a little fun. I have had some couples select choice venues at remote locations and made a sort of mini-moon from them. It’s a great idea to take a short holiday and tour the area outside of the venue.

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In a Word – The Perfect Wedding Theme

After much searching, you found each other! You are now looking for the perfect date, time, place and theme for your wedding. A theme that will be unique to you as a couple and memorable to friends and family. A big task for sure but here are a few steps to make this search less daunting.

First step to finding a theme that is truly you: discover who you truly are. Ask yourselves, “What traits best describes us as a couple?” What are your shared interests, your individual strengths, your combined personalities. Acknowledge how you see yourself and each other.

Golf Wedding Theme

Now all this introspection will help you with step two. If you had to choose a word that best describes your style, what would it be? Examples:


This word will be your new mantra. Keep this word in the forefront before delving into magazines, websites and blogs. Avoid becoming “Pinterest-ized” by all the beautiful and clever ideas you see. A loss of focus will create a confused “cherry picking” approach to the overall presentation: a little of this, some of that, won’t so and so enjoy this? What you seek is a cohesive fluid thoughtful feel that touches on the big picture and helps shape all the small details. Your new mantra will help you sift through the creative clutter and bring the most befitting ideas into forefront.

From your one word will come direction, from there a clearer journey and from there the most perfect ideas. Soon these ideas will merge into one perfectly unique theme that is perfect for you!

Decisions will be easier to make on the basic elements involved in a wedding: venue, food, guests and preparing wedding invitations. If your mantra is ‘simple’, booking the grand ballroom at the Four Seasons is not in keeping with your true self. Would it be fun and lavish? Of course! Would it be memorable? Yes, but not for the right reasons because in the long run it would not be authentic. And while this important day should be celebrated in style, it should always come back to you being you- your one word mantra.

The possible pitfalls to a true wedding theme range from trying to please everyone to trying to impress everyone. Both are equally problematic. But you must remember that these people who have loved and supported you will be gathering together to continue to love and support you on your first day together as a new couple. It is the day, in everyone’s eyes, for you’re authentic self to be in every detail. Your word, your theme, like your love should be- in a word- true.

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