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.

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.

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 that you can make a better decision. Don’t forget to factor in any vendors who need a seat at a table – your photographer, wedding planner or coordinator, and Officiant are often at receptions too!

What about the drinks?

Alcohol and drinks are a big part of your wedding so it’s important to find out whether you can bring your own alcohol and bartender and what the costs are (don’t forget your Special Occasion Permit!) or if the venue will supply the drinks.

Since you will also need a Smart Serve bartender to serve alcohol, find out whether the venue can assist with this so that you can factor those costs into your final budget.

Preferred vendors

You’re going to be working with a lot of different vendors in the time leading up to and on your wedding day. Some 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 – and don’t be afraid to ask to bring in your own vendors if you love the venue but aren’t in love with any of their vendors – it’s safe to bet the venue will bend on this to get your business. Keep in mind though, Popup Weddings don’t usually give you that option to choose your own vendors.

When a venue works with preferred vendors, it does mean they’re confident in their experience and ability to deliver (basically they have worked with those vendors a lot and know they can be trusted and the venue knows they provide an incredible experience for you) but also make sure those vendors fit and will cater to your 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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