We were old school when we got married. Traditional church weddings were pretty much all people did. Now, couples get married all over the place and it’s no longer considered taboo. In fact, here in Dallas, churches are too large to host a wedding. It would feel really empty in a sanctuary for a standard wedding.
I invited Boris on to share some of the mistakes couples make when they are picking a wedding venue.
Here is what he has to say-
When planning a wedding, few things are as important as choosing the right venue. The wrong venue could literally make or break a wedding and turn what should be a celebration of your love and union into a complete disaster.
But picking the perfect venue can be difficult, especially when there’s more than one person at the table. The logistics of your wedding will also have a huge influence on which locations are more suitable. This is why it’s important that you don’t just focus on the scenery if you want to get the best venue possible. Here are some mistakes people make when choosing a wedding venue.
Sticking to the Obvious Choices
Some people will automatically look at wedding halls and venues made specifically for events when booking a wedding. Often, their wedding ends up feeling and looking like everyone else’s. But you should look around in your area and see what it has to offer.
If you’re looking for a wedding venue in New Jersey, for instance, the state has some of the best golf resorts the country has to offer, and they can make for a perfect backdrop to any ceremony. So, don’t be afraid to think out of the box and look at other venue options if you want your wedding to be memorable.
Creating the Guest List After the Venue was Booked
You need to have a clear idea of who and how many people you’re intending to invite to the wedding. You also need to know what type of audience will be there. You can’t book a venue until everyone has RSVP’d and you know the headcount. You don’t want to book a venue where everyone will be crammed, and you don’t want the venue to feel empty either. Most venues will also have a cap, so you don’t want to have to make the hard decision of cutting people off.
Not Knowing True Costs
You also have to be aware of the true cost of the venue. You can’t just look at the top-line rental fee. You also have to check things like food and drink minimums if you decide to have the event catered by the venue. Things like gratuities, service fees, and taxes have to be taken into consideration as well.
Make sure that you ask for a detailed estimate from the venue manager based on things like your desired service type (plated, stations buffet, etc.), guest count, beverages, and any type of fees that could be added.
Overlooking Guest Accommodation Accessibility
Before you sign anything, you also have to scout the immediate area around the venue and see if there are any accommodation options. Pick a place that accommodates guests for lodging. The more accommodation there is available, the more chances out of town guests will RSVP with a yes.
So, if you want to find a location both of you will be happy with and will be worth the money, you should definitely follow these tips. You’ll also be able to avoid headaches during the planning stage and make sure you and your guests have the time of their lives.
Keelie is a mother of three amazing boys and married to her high school sweetheart, Austin. She spends her days running R5 Website Management, taking care of the home, and investing in her children. In her spare time, she loves to encourage married couples to grow deeper in their relationship and find joy in their marriage.