The first thing couples do after their engagement is look for wedding venues. Sometimes this can be tricky because you aren’t exactly sure what you are looking for or what venue best fits your needs. Well here is the ultimate guide to choosing the perfect wedding venue for you and your fiancé.
1. Choose the location
The first thing you need to do is decide what city, town, or state you want your wedding to be in. Do you want it close to you or close to where most of your family is located? Do you want it to be a destination wedding or a local wedding? Sometimes you know exactly where you want your wedding to be, but it is important to sit down and weigh all your options. What is best for you financially and also what have you always dreamed of? Make sure wherever you decide the location to be, you and your fiancé are on the same page.
Do your research. Don’t waste your time setting up tours to venues that don’t fit your needs. Once you figure out a location then go online and start searching. The Knot and Wedding Wire are great resources for helping you find a wedding venue, but even doing a simple google search will do wonders. Once you find wedding venues online that are in the location you are wanting, then check out their websites. Look at their gallery pages, their pricing, their packages, and everything that they have to offer. Read reviews that other couples have written. By reading reviews you will be able to hear firsthand experience about the service that each venue provides. Even check out their social media sites to see if they have any specials or offers. Sometimes wedding venues will promote a deal on their social media sites, and you definitely would not want to miss out on that. Their social media sites will also provide more updated content from recent weddings, and behind the scenes action that you may not have found on their website.
3. Narrow it down
Once you have chosen a handful of wedding venues that offer what you want and appear to be in your budget then set up tours. Set up multiple tours of the venues that you have narrowed down, but make sure these venues are realistic to ones you might book. Don’t waste your time or the venues time by touring venues that are extremely out of your budget and you would never book. Tours are fairly easy to set up so this is not something to stress about. You can either look up the wedding venue’s number and call them or fill out a contact form on their website. Either way this is a simple step, but should be well planned out.
4. Tour the venues
The next step is to tour the venue. Try to have an open mind when touring, but come prepared with questions. After doing your research there should be some questions you have for that venue that maybe was not provided on their website. Sometimes you aren’t sure what questions to ask and that is okay too. Just make sure to listen and take as many notes as you can so later on you can refer back to them. It is easy to forget details when touring because you are so caught up in seeing everything instead of listening to what your tour guide is saying.
5. Make a pros and cons list
As soon as you get done touring then make a pros and cons list for that venue. Write down the things you liked about it and things you weren’t so fond of. Refer back to the notes you took during the tour and also the information sheets they provided to you (if any). Be as thorough as possible with your list and you will thank yourself later. This will help you at the end of all your tours to look back at and see what you are primarily looking for in a venue and which venue out of all the ones you toured will be the best fit.
6. Narrow it down again
After analyzing your pros and cons list then narrow your choices down to a select few that you think outweigh all the rest. Then set up a second tour for those select few. When you tour the venues a second time, bring along someone else like your mom, best friend, or even your fiancé if he/she did not see it the first time. This way you will be able to get another opinion on whether or not this venue is what you are looking for. Having an unbiased outside opinion on the matter will always help your situation regardless of the circumstances. At your second tours set up holds on the date you want your wedding to be. Sometimes venues allow you to do this for free, but sometimes they do not. If they allow you to put a hold on a date for free then take advantage of it. Dates can move fast for venues so make sure to stay on top of it. If the venue requires you to put down a deposit for a hold then I would recommend waiting until you know for sure your final decision. Just know that you are on a time crunch because your date is not being held.
7. Make the final decision
Once you have toured the venues for the second time then weigh the pros and cons again. I know it’s a lot of work, but this is a fool proof way of choosing the best wedding venue that is right for you. Once you have analyzed all of the good and bad for each venue then decide which one out of the bunch you think is the perfect fit. Which one can you tolerate the cons over the rest? Usually by this point you will know which venue your heart is calling you to. Make that final decision and continue moving forward from there.
8. Set up a booking
Call the venue you want to book and set up a booking time and date. Be ready to put a deposit down. During your tours make sure you find out how much money they require you to put down at the booking so you aren’t taken off guard when they ask for your payment. After you sign the contract and pay your deposit then you are set to go. You have now chosen and booked the perfect wedding venue for you. Congratulations!
Comment below any questions you have for any stage in your wedding planning process. We would love to help you through this wonderful time in your life. Couples who read this also enjoyed Why You Should Hire a Wedding Planner!
3/28/2018 08:07:28 pm
My fiance and I are planning our wedding, so we are wondering how to find the best venue to use. So thanks for advising that we tour the spaces we are considering with a lot of questions ready. We'll be sure to set up tours for each of the wedding venues we are considering and prepare some questions beforehand.
4/4/2018 03:26:20 pm
5/22/2018 01:32:59 am
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5/22/2018 02:06:53 pm
Thank you. We are so glad this was helpful for you.
6/30/2018 06:02:20 pm
We've been looking for a few good wedding venues, and I think that being able to get some tips would be nice. I'm glad you talked about making a pros and cons list for wedding venues, which I think could be nice. I'm going to have to look for a few good wedding venues and see what we think would be our best option!
6/30/2018 06:03:55 pm
6/4/2018 02:17:48 pm
You make a good point when you say that you want to read the reviews of a wedding venue before choosing them. It would be good to consider these reviews because it would show that they are qualified. I'm helping my sister plan her wedding for this September, so she'll have to consider reading some reviews about different venues before she chooses one.
6/30/2018 06:05:54 pm
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9/5/2018 10:30:22 pm
My fiance and I are trying to find the perfect venue for our first day. Thank you for suggesting that we should be open minded when touring the different venues. I'll have to keep this in mind as I continue to search for the right venue for our big day.
7/1/2020 02:45:33 pm
It's good to know that deciding what town you want your wedding in is the first thing you need to do. My fiance and I are planning on getting married in a couple of months, and we want to make sure that we can find the right wedding venue for us. We'll make sure to keep this information in mind as we search for one to rent for our wedding!
7/14/2020 04:07:19 pm
It was really helpful when you explained that it is a good idea to set up multiple tours when you are looking for a wedding venue. My fiance and I are looking for a wedding venue that has access to both indoor and outdoor seating should we get some bad weather. We will have to call around and see if the venues will let us tour first before we book one.
3/21/2021 10:07:57 pm
I have a cousin who's about to get married, and she's looking for a venue for her big event. I like your suggestion that she should venture to different types of venues so that she'd be aware of her choices. We should probably look around for a place that looks like a banquet since she likes those!
It was really helpful once you explained that it's an honest idea to line up multiple tours once you are trying to find a marriage venue. My fiance and that i are trying to find a marriage venue that has access to both indoor and outdoor seating should we get some inclemency . we'll need to call around and see if the venues will allow us to tour first before we book one.
4/6/2021 03:52:34 pm
My best friend and her fiance need to decide on a venue for their wedding in September. I love how you recommend using online reviews from previous couples to get a better sense of the services provided by the venue. I will make sure that my friend researches venues online and uses reviews to find the perfect place for their big day.
5/7/2021 12:28:52 am
You made a good point when you shared that it is great to visit the potential wedding venue and do some touring. My sister just mentioned the other day that she is thinking of getting married in a few months and she needs to start with the wedding preparation by now. I will suggest to her looking for the venue first and make sure to check out the place and do some touring.
5/20/2021 12:27:56 pm
My brother has been thinking about proposing to his girlfriend in a couple of weeks. He would really like to get some help from a professional to find the right event. I liked what you said about how he should narrow the event down because he did his research.
6/1/2021 12:09:56 pm
My daughter will be getting married, and she wants me to help her choose a venue for the event. It makes sense that we would want to get a big list together so that we can narrow down our options. That seems like a good way to ensure that we do things correctly.
7/14/2021 06:42:53 pm
Thanks for pointing out that couples should tour the venues they have in mind to find the perfect wedding venue for them. I will share this with my brother at our family dinner on Sunday night because he is finally planning to get married to his long-time girlfriend in December. He is hoping to get married at a mansion with a lake so they can have a unique and unforgettable experience.
8/18/2021 02:25:18 pm
It is important to know the travel time from one venue to the next and whether you aim to make your wedding simple or extravagant, the budget is the most important factor.
8/23/2021 02:38:05 pm
I like your tip of setting up multiple tours of your narrowed down venues then narrowing it down again. My sister is getting married soon and has no idea where she wants to get married. I think I will compile all of the available ones and have her pick out her favorites that we can then visit as you recommended.
9/10/2021 01:45:55 am
I do agree that when looking for wedding venues, it is important that we take into consideration the size of the venue. It makes sense for us to do so as it ensures that it can fit our guests. My daughter is getting married next year and I will definitely keep this information in mind when I look for a wedding venue for her.
10/8/2021 06:31:17 am
Amazing guide, Thanks for sharing these tips!
Thanks for helping me understand that we should tour the venues available for the second time to weigh our decisions. I will follow your advice now that we are looking for a banquet room to book for our wedding day this coming December. It will just be for a small number of guests, so I really hope to find a nice but affordable one.
11/17/2021 08:08:17 pm
I like how you mentioned that it is important to have your research to gather more information about the venue. My cousin mentioned to me last night that he and his fiance have not yet decided on what type of venue they will use and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to consider. Thanks to this informative article and I'll be sure to tell him that they can consult a well-known wedding venue service as they can answer all their questions and will help them throughout the process.
12/9/2021 10:32:35 am
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I appreciate that you explained how touring in the venue helps you to figure out the best place that will suit your needs and wants. I have a cousin who will be married and they are not yet decided on what type of venue they want. You did a great job of explaining how they can choose the best venue for them and consulting a trusted wedding venue is one of the best ways.
4/4/2022 09:57:33 am
I liked how this post discussed that you and your fiance must be on the same page when choosing the venue for the wedding. My friend is still can't find the best venue for her wedding. I think it's best to look for a wedding venue that will be able to accommodate the theme she's planning.
4/20/2022 11:37:34 am
It's so cool that you elaborated on how we could limit our wedding venues' options. My fiance and I are very excited to start touring venues in a couple of weeks, but we have no idea where to start. We want to find a venue for our Winterland-themed wedding, so we'll be sure to read your tips carefully. Thank you for the insight on focusing on our budget when touring a venue.
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12/6/2022 07:09:50 pm
I love how you advise location as the first step to embed when looking for a wedding venue. I have a friend getting married soon and location is very important to his fiancé. We'll have to be sure we only look for venues in the city/area he wants so the reception can go as smoothly as possible.
3/2/2023 03:04:10 am
This is an excellent resource for couples who are starting their wedding planning process. The writer's emphasis on budget, style, and guest count aligns well with my priorities when selecting a venue. However, I'm curious to know if the writer has any tips for couples who may be struggling to decide on a wedding theme or style?
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