5 Questions To Explore Before Shopping Around for a Wedding Venue
Guest blog article: “5 Questions To Explore Before Shopping Around for a Wedding Venue”
by Carina Castro
1. What are your numbers (both your budget and guest list)? Before you even take a first look at a venue, you should have an honest conversation with your fiancé about what you’re comfortable spending overall. You’ll also need to have a tentative guest list drawn up. I’ve met too many brides who prefer to take a guess at the number of guests they will invite. You’d be surprised at how quickly the number adds up even when you think you’re having a small and intimate event. Do the actual math. It will save you time by focusing your attention on venues that are within your budget and that have the room capacity for your guest list. You’ll also save money by not risking falling in love with a venue that is over your budget.
* A good rule of thumb: Take your overall budget and divide it in half –> Now divide that number by your number of guests = This is the total amount you are able to pay per person at your venue. Don’t forget to account for taxes and services fees (in NJ, it’s 7% tax and usually a 20% service fee).
2. Do you want the ceremony and reception at the same location? Are you planning on having a religious ceremony or do you prefer to utilize the same venue for the ceremony and reception? There are advantages to doing it both ways, so it’s a very personal decision that you and your fiancé will have to make. If you decide to have your ceremony in a church, aim to keep the reception nearby. Your guests will appreciate not having to travel far after your ceremony.
3. What’s the tone you want to set? Decide if you and your fiancé prefer a formal event vs. a casual one. This will also narrow done your venue options but will ensure you stay true to yourselves. You don’t want to end up choosing a castle because it is stunning, when your wedding vision is for a modern, casual and fun reception.
4. What type of food do you enjoy? And just because you love Japanese doesn’t mean your guests do too! You’ll want to go with an option that will enjoy but also one that will appeal to many (you can always get a bit more creative with your cocktail hour menu).
5. What season do you prefer? While you may be focused on a particular season, you’ll want to stay flexible when it comes to the actual date. Keep in mind that prices are lower during off-peak seasons (which can differ depending on the type of venue. For example, a golf course venue will feature better prices during the summer months, because it is not golf season) and on off-peak nights, such as Thursdays, Sunday, or holidays.
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About Carina Castro
Carina Castro is an Organizational Psychologist and owner of Luxe Events, LLC. She works with busy NJ and NYC brides and keeps them stress-free throughout their wedding planning process and on their wedding day, so they can relax and enjoy the moment.