Planning Your Wedding: The Venue

So much to do, so much to do! Wedding planning is not for the faint of heart – but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare either… When choosing your venue, our Wedding and Social Sales Manager, Kendra Gatschuff, advises “Do your research, narrow your list and then visit those venues. A picture tells a thousand words, but nothing speaks to the feel of the spaces like actually being in them.” Check out Kendra’s tips and tricks to help you choose the venue that’s right for you:
1. Decide on your “non-negotiables.” Most couples have a few things that are paramount as part of their day… Is it the food? Is it a picturesque setting? Those “non-negotiables” may help you initially narrow down a large pool of possibilities.

2. Ensure that the venue can accommodate the number of guests you have on your list. If the space is too small – or too big, for that matter – that can either eliminate a venue right off the bat or put it in the final running.

3. If you have a theme, decide whether the venue compliments that theme. For example, if you’re aiming for a rustic feel, a modern venue in the heart of the city may not be the right one for you.

4. Do you have out of town guests? This is an important consideration because you might need to have accommodation on-site or nearby to be able to have your guests get from the ceremony to the reception and to their lodging at the end of the evening.

5. If you have vendors (i.e. flowers, catering) that you have already chosen or want to feature, something to consider is whether the venue you are looking at has their own providers for these services. In some cases, certain venues will not allow you to have outside vendors on site.

6. Availability seems to be an obvious issue, meaning that if the venue is not available for the date you’ve chosen that you will have to keep looking. However, if a specific date is not on your “non-negotiable” list, then be flexible. Go with a season in mind, but not a set date. That way if you fall in love at first sight with a venue, your heart won’t get broken if it’s booked on a specific day.

7. Budget, of course, is always a big one. Go with a budget and limit if you can. However, if a venue offering everything that you need costs more than you’d like, don’t give up. Consider trimming back your list, scaling back on something or adjusting your plan to accommodate your first choice.

Planning your wedding? Please contact one of our Social sales Managers or visit our website here: http://www.hockley.com/weddings/