Things to Consider When Choosing a Wedding Venue

Which wedding venue is best for you?

Keeping the following points in mind will help you find the wedding venue that you vibe with, fits your budget, and meets all of your wants and needs.

1. Budget

To avoid disappointment and spending your life savings, set a budget for your wedding before making any major decisions. Since the venue is often the first decision a couple will make, knowing this cost early on allows you to figure out how to divide up the remaining budget to meet your needs. Be prepared to possibly go over your budget, as couples often underestimate the cost of products and services. 40% of increased budgets are due to couples admitting they set a lower budget than what was realistic. 54% of couples increase their budget during planning, with 45% allocating additional funds to wedding items they fell in love with along the way (source: WeddingWire). Once you have your number in mind, narrow down the wedding venues that align with your goal.

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New Jersey, USA wedding venue: Park Chateau Estate and Gardens

2. Guest List

Having a rough idea of how many people will be on your guest list is important when you start your wedding venue search. Having an estimated guest count will help you narrow down potential wedding venues. Find wedding venues with capacities and guest minimums that match your guest count.

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New Jersey, USA wedding venue: Bonnet Island Estate

3. Style

Do you like traditional  ballrooms with lots of big crystal chandeliers, or do you prefer a non-traditional ballroom that you can use as a blank canvas? Do you envision getting married under a tent or having indoor and outdoor options?  Is modern, boho, classy, nautical, outdoorsy, or rustic your theme? Find a space that you want to remember and cherish your memories with.

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Czech wedding venue: Kocanda & Suška

4. Location & Accommodations

Do you want a destination wedding or do you envision getting married in your hometown? If you have lots of guests who will be traveling, make sure there is a major airport close by, as well as places for your guests to stay. Explore the area to see if there are any hotels or Airbnbs near your potential wedding venue.

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Central European wedding venue: Art Hotel Tomasov

5. Service

Not only should you find a venue you vibe with, but you should also find a team that you vibe with. You’ll be working very closely with your wedding venue through the entire planning process and the day of your wedding, so make sure you feel comfortable with the staff. Do some research and read reviews to see what other couples who have gotten married there have to say about their experience.

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New Jersey, USA wedding venue: Nanina’s in the Park

6. Back-up Options

Make sure your venue has back-up options in case of inclement weather! When it’s cold, raining, or snowing at some wedding venues the staff can transforms the ballroom for indoor ceremonies and then transforms it back for reception! Ask for options.

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New Jersey, USA wedding venue: Venetian NJ Catering Weddings

7. Hidden Fees

If you’re venue hunting, you will quickly learn that many  wedding venues tack on an additional service charge that is anywhere from 20 – 27% of your total. Make sure you discuss all charges with the venue upfront. 

Other points to consider when searching for your dream venue:

  • Does the venue offer wedding planning and day-of coordination?
  • All-inclusive or a lot of DIY and BYO?
  • Is there a curfew or noise restrictions?
  • Do they host more than one wedding a day?
  • What time of year do you want to get married?
  • Are there any hidden fees? Don’t forget to ask if the quoted price includes sales tax, service charge, and gratuity.

Your wedding venue will become your home away from home on your wedding day. Find a venue that you love with a team that you feel comfortable with. Congratulations on your engagement and enjoy the wedding planning process!

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