Tips for choosing your perfect destination wedding venue.
Selecting a wedding venue is not always easy, and still one of the first (and biggest) decisions you'll make as an engaged couple. It will influence your vendors, budget, décor, and choice of styling. As an experienced wedding planner, we will point out where you have to think of if you make different considerations.
“When you start to look at venues!”
Determine your style! Take your time and see yourself in front of you on your perfect wedding venue. What would that look like? A luxury villa with a stunning terrace - or surrounded by olive trees having a rustic and traditional setting? Or you haven’t got a clue yet?
Here a wedding planner comes in. She can definitely inspire you and advice you with the knowledge of the venues.
"Tips for choosing your perfect destination wedding venue”
“Check out wedding planners' and photographers' blogs to see real wedding photos of venues you're interested in visiting.”
You'll get a much better idea of what things can (and really do) look like. It can be especially helpful if you are unable to visit the venue during the season you'll be getting married. Ask a floorplan to have a better overview.
“Choose your wedding date.”
Wedding dates can be significant for a variety of reasons; some couples choose to wed on the day they met, their parents' or grandparents' anniversary date, or for auspicious reasons that numbers have in their culture or religion.
Others may pick a specific time of year and season but not a specific day. If you can be flexible with your date and choose an off-season month, you’ll often be able to secure the venue of your dreams. Time of year, day of the week, and your engagement length will all impact your budget and vendors!!!
Estimate how many people you'd like to invite to your big day!
Not all places can accommodate a wide variety of wedding sizes. Nearly every venue will have a guest count minimum: It's always easier to add guests than to deduct. If your final number of guests winds up being smaller than you had anticipated and you have to pay for extra plates, ask the venue if they can throw in a couple more appetizers during cocktail hour or add extra time to the reception festivities.
“Have a good look at your budget and how much you are willing to spend.”
Determining how much you can afford will help you avoid the heartache of falling in love with a place that's well out of your price range — you don't want to spend more than 50% of your total wedding budget on your venue.
Some couples hire us after they find the venue, and we wish they would book us first before doing anything.
Couples get so excited and want to lock in the date and place that they don't think about all of the other expenses that they have to cover. Every venue is different and require different details and items. Here is where the wedding planner comes in again.
Having experience and knowing the venues and the rates it’s not necessary rushing into contracts before you have all of the figures in front of you. Before you have to compensate for overspending ask advice from your wedding planner.