One of the first things couples do when beginning their wedding planning process is start to look at wedding venues. Here on the western slope we have some of the most amazing locations to get married, in my opinion! If you follow my blog, you’ll know all about my Western Slope Wedding Venues series I started recently. If not, be sure to check it out to see the awesome diversity we have here. I’ve talked before about what to look for in a wedding venue from a photographer’s standpoint, but today I’ll be talking you through how to narrow down your list of venues to help you choose the perfect setting for your big day!
Tips for Choosing a Wedding Venue
Capacity. Beyond just the budget, you’ll need to make sure the venues you’re looking at can hold the number of guests you want to invite! Oppositely, sometimes couples choose the venue and then plan their guest list around that capacity. Whatever you choose, it’s important to know what the venues you’re looking at can handle.
Vendors. Some wedding venues will have preferred vendors lists for things like photography, florists, cakes, and more. Talk to the venues you’re looking at to see if they have such a list, and likewise if you’re allowed to book other vendors not on that list. If they require you to use their vendors, consider if the costs of those companies fit within your budget (or your style!) If you are not comfortable with those vendors, you may need to move on to another venue.
Coordination. Many wedding venues will have an on-site coordinator to help with things on the day-of, and maybe even help you along the wedding planning journey. This can be a great money saver! However if you’re already working with one of the great wedding planners in town, this might be unnecessary or even a conflict. Consider your planning/coordinator needs and desires before or while you look at venues. See if the venues you’re looking at offer day-of coordinators and if they allow outside planners to help.
I hope these tips helped you narrow down your ideas while choosing a wedding venue. If you’re looking for things to look for in a wedding venue from your photographer’s standpoint, click here!