Things to Consider When Selecting a Wedding Venue

Finding the right wedding venue takes a lot of time and research and can often be one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding. You need to make sure that your venue ticks all the right boxes before you make a final decision.

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first and foremost make sure the venue you choose matches your style and vibe.


Your venue will influence your budget as well as the atmosphere on the day so before you sign on the dotted line, below are three important things to consider before you decide on your wedding venue.

  1. Venue size. Look at how many people you’re planning to invite to your wedding versus the number of people the venue can comfortably cater for. A crowded reception can be quite uncomfortable and if a venue is too large, it can affect the atmosphere and the overall look and feel. Put an initial guest list together before you start venue shopping so you can filter out your choices based on capacity of the venue.

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    Crystal Garden’s at Navy Pier makes for a unique wedding reception
  2. Restrictions. Make sure the venue does not have any restrictions that would interfere with your vision of your big day.  For example, your aunt has her own bakery and want to provide the dessert table but the venue does not allow outside food to be served or photo booths need to be located outside of the main venue hall etc.  This will help narrow down your choices.
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  3. What about the drinks? Alcohol and drinks are a big part of your wedding so its important to find out whether you can bring your own alcohol and what the costs are or if the venue will supply the drinks. Since you will also need a licensed bartender to serve alcohol, find out whether the venue can assist with this so that you can factor those costs into your final budget. Don’t forget to add your own Signature cocktails to make the offerings unique.
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    Tell the bartenders to serve your favorite drink and make it your signature wedding cocktail for the night :)


  4. Preferred vendors. You’re going to be working with several different vendors in the time leading up to and on your wedding day. Many venues require you to use their vendors so find out about this before you make a booking. If they do work with specific vendors, make sure that you’re happy with their experience, style, personality, and pricing. When a venue works with preferred vendors, it does mean they’re confident in their experience and ability to delivery but it’s more important for you to choose vendors that fit in with your budget and overall preferences.

There are many different factors to consider when choosing the perfect wedding venue but make sure that it’s a space that speaks to your personalities and style as a couple.

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  1. Rebecca Gardner says:

    I like your suggestion to ask about restrictions the venue has to make sure it won’t limit any of our plans for the event. My sister wants to find a fun, outdoorsy venue for her wedding and asked for my help since she’s so busy with work at the moment. Thanks for teaching me what questions to ask to narrow down potential venues and help my sister find the perfect one in our area.

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