You want your special day to be nothing short of magical. From the decorations, to the dresses, and everything in between, all the supplies for your wedding are perfectly curated. But what about the wedding venue? Many couples have trouble choosing the best location to celebrate their special day, and there are a number of factors that come into play when making the decision. Today we’re here to give you a few tips to help you when choosing a wedding venue. 

1. Decide the Theme of Your Wedding 

Deciding the theme and aesthetic of your wedding is one of the most important aspects of wedding planning. Are you looking to have an outdoor, country-styled wedding? Or are you dreaming of a winter wedding in an indoor cozy space? The possibilities are endless when it comes to the style and theme of your wedding, but the selection of your venue will in large part rely on this aesthetic choice and the time of year. 

2. Talk to Your Wedding/Event Planner 

If you have a wedding planner assisting you in planning your special day, it’s best to talk with them about your vision. Making decisions like this is a part of your planner’s job, so they’re equipped with useful information about spaces, locations, and the capabilities of venues. 

3. Know the Number of Guests Invited 

One important aspect in choosing a wedding venue is knowing if it has the spacing capacity to fit all of your intended guests. The last thing you’d want is to choose a small venue and have your guests crammed together from lack of space. Be realistic with yourself about how many people you’re inviting, as many couples often underestimate the amount of people they invited until they see those people show up on their wedding day. Avoid any hassle or miscommunication by knowing the magnitude of your guest list before choosing a venue. 

4. Explore What’s Included 

Research if your desired wedding venue is full-service (includes catering, décor, rentals, and so on) or if you’re allowed to bring your own vendors and supplies. Once you know what your desired venue offers, ask yourself what you would prefer to do, as well as if it fits within your budget. Keep in mind that full-service venues are often more expensive than bringing in your own vendors. 

5. Be Aware of Your Budget 

A crucial part of your decision-making process is analyzing your budget and keeping track of what you’ve already decided to include in your expenses and what you still have to decide on. Be sure to account for added packages and offers you might be taking advantage of, as well as deposits you may have to put down. You can never be too organized, especially when it comes to making sure you’re within your target budget. 

Preparation and organization may prove to be your best friend through the process of venue selection and wedding planning. Remember to always read all the information provided to you (even the fine print) when selecting your venue to ensure you’re completely aware of the pros and cons of your decision. No matter where you decide to host your special day, trust your vision and follow your heart.