Choosing your wedding venue is one of the most exciting parts of planning a wedding but it can also be one of the most intimidating parts. Your venue is a big portion of your budget and really sets the momentum of wedding day.



Before you set foot inside a wedding venue, what are some things you need to think about?



Traditionally, weddings were held in a bride’s hometown. Today? Those rules are out the door. Maybe you want to consider your hometowns, the town you live in together, the town you met in, your favorite destination… it can be anywhere!


Things to consider before you commit to a city:

  • How many people live in the city you are considering and how many will have to travel? 
  • If you have a big group that will have to travel are you OK with a larger percentage of declines?
  • Will you have to travel for planning meetings? Do you have a flexible work schedule to allot for that? 
  • If you are looking at your hometown, how involved will your parents want to be and are you OK with that?
  • If you are looking at a city where your family doesn’t live, are you OK with your parents missing out on planning meetings and decisions?


Venue Type

First, you need to think about your ceremony. Do you want it in a traditional place of worship or on-site at the same location as your reception? 


Once you’ve made that decision you can start looking into your reception space. Consider the types of venues you are interested in – do you love the traditional look of a hotel ballroom or do you favor the industrial look of a blank space? What about location – do you want to be in the center of the city close to hotels and restaurants? Or do you prefer to be outside the city so you have access to green space? 



Of course you will need to pick a date when you find your perfect venue so have an idea of the season you want to get married in. Does a winter wonderland wedding sound like a dream to you? Or is a cozy fall wedding what you’ve been dreaming of? It’s best not to have an exact date in mind when you start the venue search so you have flexibility in finding the right venue for you. Instead have a list of dates that definitely won’t work in your preferred season for the two of you and any of your guest “VIPs.”


The Specifics

Of course, no venue discussion is complete without first discussing your guest list and budget so make sure you have had those conversations before you start contacting amazing vetted vendors (like these on Bustld).


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