Wedding Venue

Seven Tips for Picking Out A Wedding Venue


It is said that picking out a wedding venue is probably the most important decision you will ever make in planning a wedding. 

However, this does not mean that decisions such as which wedding packages to choose in Quezon City, what food to serve your guests, or selecting from catering options in the Philippines are not important. 

Indeed, while each and every wedding-related decision plays an integral part in your big day, there are some choices that make a bigger impact than the rest. One of these is where your wedding venue is going to be. This is because your party space ties the rest of the planning together. In essence, it sets your wedding tone. For that reason, choosing where you are going to have your wedding reception is paramount. Not to worry, though, as while you seem to be pressured to find the perfect spot, looking for one should not be impossible—especially with the tips below at your disposal. 

To make this critical task easier to navigate, this article has put together a list of factors to consider when it comes to selecting a wedding venue. In this way, you can focus on searching for a venue that ticks all of the boxes in your criteria. 

1.) Availability 

Choosing a venue should be one of the initial wedding planning tasks you should be doing. That said, you may want to kick off your search earlier to ensure you can secure your dream venue—particularly if it is an in-demand one or you have picked a popular wedding date. Keep in mind that popular and in-demand venues can get booked up to 12-18 months in advance. With that in mind, the sooner you get started, the more likely you are to secure the venue of your choice. 

2.) Flexibility 

One of the things an engaged couple often asks is: What comes first? The wedding date or choosing a venue? It all boils down to what matters to you more—getting married at a particular time of the year or having the wedding venue of your dreams. Typically, if a date is selected first, couples tend to limit their venue options drastically. If you must get married on a particular date, you may have to compromise on your dream venue. 

3.) Location 

Contrary to what most couples think, some element of travel must be built into the event—even if you are not having a destination wedding. That said, you want to be aware of just how accessible your venue is. Can it be reached easily, or is it all the way out there, making it inconvenient for guests to get to? Are the directions straightforward for out-of-town guests to make sense of? These are just some of the factors to keep in mind, especially if you intend to have a wedding ceremony separately. Make the transition from point A to point B as seamless as possible. After all, you would not want to inconvenience your guests with a wedding venue that is difficult to get to. 

4.) Style 

Your dream venue should be a space that meshes with your vision. That said, the style should match your preference and who you are as a couple. Typically, modern couples gravitate towards indoor venues such as ballrooms, hotel rooms, function rooms, country clubs, and the like. However, you and your partner may be a couple that wants something a little more laid back and informal which means a beach or garden setting would make more sense. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that indoor venues typically require more styling, whereas outdoor venues usually come with panoramic and scenic views and would not need as much decor. 

5.) Capacity 

Take a look at your guest list and see how many people you intend to invite. Capacity limits can either make or break a venue as there is no way you can cram 200 persons in a space designed to accommodate only a hundred. You may think that the reverse is acceptable, but this is just as problematic. One of the biggest mistakes a client can make is to pick an oversized space for the guest count they have, as this will mean that they have to spend more on decors to fill out the space and make it feel full. If you are looking for a wedding reception space, be sure to find one that accommodates your total guest count. 

6.) Budget 

You cannot fall in love with a venue that is beyond your budget. To keep yourself from being disappointed and checking out venues that you know are beyond what you are willing to spend, come up with a budget for your venue. This is one of the first things you should account for as it is also one of the biggest expenses you will have for the wedding.

7.) Packages 

Some wedding venues have wedding packages, while there are those that do not provide full service. The latter typically costs less but would mean you have to go through the hassle of looking for wedding vendors separately. However, if your venue includes packages that include everything, expect to put forward about 40-50% of your entire wedding budget to cover all costs. To make sure you have all your bases covered, inquire about what their packages entail. Also, to get the most out of your buck, ask for a breakdown in fees. 

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