How to Pick the Perfect Venue for Your Wedding

Planning a wedding will be the most fun time of your life, while simultaneously being the most stressful.
There will be lots of decisions to be made, which poses an issue for the indecisive wedding planners.
The venue is the first thing you want to decide on when planning a wedding. It will help you lock in a
date and how many people you can invite. The venue will begin to feel like a stage for the entire evening,
which makes choosing one a difficult task for many brides. You won’t regret picking the venue first and
letting the rest of the planning form around it! Here are some tips on picking the best wedding venue for
your special night.

Set a budget and a season

The first thing that should be looked at when thinking of venues is how much you are looking to spend.
Make a chart of an estimated budget for each part of the wedding. Maybe you want to spend $300 on
pictures, $9,000 on the venue, and $100 on flowers. Whatever your budget, start with venues in that range.
You don’t want to visit a venue that is nowhere near your price range—unless you can be flexible in price!

The season is the second consideration. What do you see the weather being like during your wedding?
Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring are all great options depending on the look you are going for. Once you
pick a season, start looking at venues that would work with the climate. For example, a barn without central
air or heat isn’t a good idea for the dead of summer or the winter. You might want to look at old buildings in
the city if you are thinking of winter. This is a rustic look that can look city-chic and bring together the wintry feel!

Set a wedding aesthetic and style goal

Your wedding aesthetic and color scheme is also important when choosing a venue. If you want a Southern vintage
theme, it will feel extremely out of place in a venue that doesn’t match! If this is the feel you are going for, look at some
of the Flagstaff wedding venues to find one that works for you. You want to think about all the things that are crucial to
the style of your wedding and make sure the venue fits. If you want a more 1920’s feeling wedding, consider a historic
posh hotel or a sleek art gallery. There are so many venues out there—be sure to pick one that aligns with your wedding theme.

Weigh the pros and cons of venues

There are a ton of pros and cons to weigh when looking at venues. Think about the comfort of your guests and the ease of the
progressing event. Is there a place for people to visit when they arrive? Is the organization of the space clear to guests? These
are things you want to think about while touring venues. Pretend you are a guest during your wedding and walk through the motions.
It is crucial to address any negatives or problems that could arise before planning! Write these down at each venue you tour so you
can go back later and consider different options. The more options the better.

Weddings are all about love, so be sure to keep that in mind as you’re planning yours. Have fun with your wedding planning, but
remember to put time and effort into picking a venue—you won’t regret it!

Photo Credit: Ignited Photography

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