If you’re the bride to be, there are surely countless things on your mind right now. There is so much to plan and you can only be in control of so much. Of course, one of the first problems you need to tackle is finding your ideal wedding location.
It’s fun to scroll the countless pin boards of ideal wedding locations on Pinterest, but what are the odds that you’ll actually get to have your ceremony in the living garden church of New Zealand? You need to get practical, but you also need to find a way to make it magical. So here are some important factors for brides to consider when choosing a wedding venue.
- Wedding Size. The very first thing you need to decide is definitely going to be on the size of the wedding. If you want to have a very large wedding, then you will have fewer options – which is kind of cool if you’re the highly indecisive type. If you’re going to have an extremely small wedding, you can travel a lot farther and consider a plethora of locations. If money isn’t an issue, maybe you can fly everyone out to New Zealand!
- Indoor or outdoor. If you are religious, then your wedding is most likely going to be in some kind of religious building. However, depending on the weather, you can still enjoy a magical time outdoors with your guests during the reception. You can also get married in a classic, historical building like The Cadre Building in Memphis. If you are planning an outdoor wedding, be sure to select a time of year when it’s not too cold or too hot, and have a plan B in the event of an unexpected storm.
- Ease of access. If your wedding venue is too far from where the majority of your guests live, there’s a good chance that many of them won’t be able to come. Also, if you have guests who are disabled, you want to make sure that the venue is ADA compliant. When your guests arrive, there should be plenty of signage or some other kind of clear path guiding them from the parking lot to the wedding venue. People often leave in a rush, which makes them stressed and flustered. Anything you can do to minimize that energy will make everyone feel better.
- Local hotels. Typically the bridesmaids and groomsmen will stay in a hotel with the bride and groom the night before and the night of the wedding. This way everyone can get ready together and party together in celebration of the married couple. You want to be sure there are a few hotels to choose from in the area that are within your budget for this number of people. You will also probably be traveling in a limousine to and from the wedding venue, and you want to keep that commute as short as possible.
- Reputation. When you are searching for wedding venues, you want to make sure that you choose a location with a great reputation for hosting organized, professional weddings and other events. If you read reviews and hear that the staff was unfriendly or disorganized, then you definitely don’t want to take your chances. There are plenty of venues who know how to do it right.