Choosing the actual space where you will hold your ceremony and your reception is one of the key decisions you will have to make before wedding planning begins in earnest. Often the specific date will be contingent on the availability of your dream venue. The venue will also affect the style, size, and everything else about your big day. But you need to answer a few basic questions before you begin the venue hunt.
Where do you want to get married?
Do you want to get married in the city you live in? The one you grew up in? Where the groom’s parents live? An exotic beach destination? The Elvis Chapel of Love in Las Vegas? The answer to this question is the foundation for all the rest of your wedding planning, so sit down with your groom and talk it out!
How many guests will you have?
At this stage in the game, it’ll be impossible to put an exact number on your guest list, but you need to decide on the general size of your wedding. Will it be a small and intimate ceremony with 20 of your closest family and friends – or a lavish affair with 400+ guests? These are two vastly different options that call for entirely different types of venues, so make a decision and stick to it before you start putting down deposits.
What will the style of your wedding be?
This is a more general question, but an important one to answer before booking a venue! Do you want a modern wedding or a traditional one? Do you want to go vintage or glamorous? In terms of wedding style, your venue will be one element in the overall design, just like your dress and your flowers. Make sure you know what you want before you book!