By Erica Sonlin | Spring 2018 Intern
Your big day is coming up before you know it, and it's now time to decide which venue will be the perfect fit! If you're thinking to yourself, how am I possibly supposed to come up with a way to choose the right place for this ... don't worry, you're not alone! This can be a very stressful time for the bride-to-be, but lucky for you - you've landed on the perfect blog post to take you through each and every necessary step. Here at Alexandria Catherine Events, it is our number one priority to make sure we are providing high quality and excellent wedding planning services for our clients. As you read along, remember that we are here to help you throughout every step of the way should you need it.
Step One: Create a vision. When you picture your wedding, what do you see? Your first step should be to envision a theme or color palette. That way, if you can't visualize your theme at a certain venue, it's safe to say you can cross that one off the list. If your theme is vintage, industrial or rustic looking venues would be worthwhile to check out. If your theme is more natural and modern, outdoor venues such as backyards, ranches, and parks could work. Think about all of the photographs and how many pictures will be taken on this day. Which venue will complement your theme/color palette the best?
Step Two: Choose a location. Where do you want to get married? Have you thought about any specific areas or locations? Do you want to stay local? Do you want to branch out, and have your guests travel? After all, it's your wedding day - otherwise known as one of the most magical days of your life! The venue you choose should be one that you have absolutely fallen in love with, but also one that is appropriate for the time of year.
Step Three: Choose a season. This step goes hand in hand with the previous one. When do you want to get married? Do you have a season in mind yet? Although you do not need a set-in-stone date just yet, I would recommend having a couple of prospective dates. That way, if you end up falling in love with a certain venue that is booked on your day of choice, you still have alternative dates that could potentially work. Do you want your wedding to be in the summer or fall? In the winter? Spring? The time of year is significant. Do you want to get married on a beach if your wedding is in March? Do you want an outdoor venue for your November wedding?
Step Four: Make a guest list. Try to think about how many guests you plan to invite, so that you can envision a space for the right amount of people. Although this is your big day, it's important to make sure your loved ones are able to safely travel and/or comfortably sit. This includes keeping different things in mind, such as whether or not your guests have children that are coming along, if any of your guests have restricted mobility, etc. For instance, if your grandmother being a part of your big day is important, but she isn't the most mobile, you'll want to make sure your venue doesn't have too many stairs, or has an elevator option. You want to choose a place that will accommodate your needs in this space.
Step Five: Agree on a budget. This might require sitting down with your fiancee and discussing your financial situation, in detail. You don't want any surprises coming up later down the road. In addition, you should be aware or the qualities and quantities of food and alcohol, for this is a large part of your budget and might dictate how much spending room there is for the venue itself.
I hope that you're feeling a bit more confident about choosing a venue that fits just right for you. While there are different factors that must be put into perspective, just remember that this planning is all so that your big day is absolutely perfect. Remember how important your vision, location, season, guest list, and budget are - these five steps will help you carefully decide which venue is perfect for your wedding day. Most importantly, be true to yourselves.