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You’ve set your date. You have your dress. You might even have all your bridesmaids and groomsmen picked out. Now, you have to decide on the biggest part of your wedding; the venue. There are so many aspects of a wedding that can be optional from the type of the cake to the formality of your fiances’ suit, but a venue is a must have. After all, you need a place for everyone to come and celebrate your new marriage.

Finding the perfect venue can be a bit of a daunting task. It’s overwhelming looking for the perfect place that will bring your dream wedding into fruition. Check out these tips on how to lessen the stress for choosing your wedding venue.


If you have a wedding planner, talk to them.


Photo by Athens, GA Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

Wedding planners are beyond helpful when it comes to planning your big day. Planners have another set of eyes and are heavily focused on making your wedding dreams come true. Talk to your wedding planner about your thoughts and ideas for what you want your day to look like. Once you give them a budget and a theme, they can work with you to find the best venue to accommodate that. Having a planner from the area you want to hold your wedding. More than likely they will have a vast knowledge of the venues in the area, and can pick out the perfect place for you.


Keep your budget in mind.


Photo by Athens, GA Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

Staying within your budget is the goal when planning a wedding. Make a plan. Allot a certain amount of money to your dress, flowers, venue, décor, suits etc. This will help you to visualize what your max is for your venue. Having a budget written down also allows you to see where you might be able to take money away and add to another area.  


Choose a venue that aligns with your theme.


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You can probably visualize your ideal wedding before you even go out looking for venues. When you are on the search, keep in mind if the venues you are looking at offer the kind of ambiance you want. If you want an indoor wedding, be mindful of the décor and design. If you have had your heart set on an outdoor wedding, be sure that the space can accommodate that. A mix of the two is also something to be considered. Can you have the reception inside and the ceremony outside? Or is it possible for an indoor space to be provided on the off chance of bad weather?


Be accommodating to your guest list.


Photo by Athens, GA Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

You most likely have your guest list already planned out. If not, it’s definitely in your mind. When you’re shopping around for your dream venue, make sure to plan for the number of guests you’re going to invite. You want everyone to be comfortable and have plenty of room for all the moving and dancing around there will be. Closely acknowledge the max number of people that space can accommodate and give yourself a little extra room so that everyone feels comfortable. Allow room for dancing, eating, and talking. There’s going to be plenty of visiting and moving around, especially during the reception! Be mindful, also, of those guests that may be coming from out of town. Having a venue close to where they will be staying will be convenient for them and for you!


Consider what comes with the venue.


Photo by Athens, GA Wedding Photographer Blane Marable

You finally did it! You picked the venue of your dreams and you’re pretty certain it is where you want your wedding to be held. It aligns with your budget, it matches your theme, and it fits your guest list. Perfection. Just one last thing to consider before you sign on the dotted line- what comes with it? Venues are the most expensive thing beside the honeymoon. A way you can save yourself some money and unnecessary hassle is by noting what comes with. Many venues out there don’t offer chairs, tables, bars, set up etc., but there are those do! These are the ones to take in to a bit more consideration. A venue that has these add-ons saves you from having to search for yet another company that will do the chair and table set up for you. It makes the process easier as well, because it’s all right there. So don’t stress over selecting a venue. Whatever place you select is sure to compliment your wedding beautifully.



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