There are some key thoughts to keep in mind when choosing a wedding venue. According to Anja Winikka, author of “Finding a Wedding Reception Location,” important considerations include the fit of the room, eating, drinking, partying areas, privacy, lighting, the view, color, outlets, acoustics, parking and a backup plan.
It is important to make sure the venue is “large enough to accommodate the number of people on your guest list,” Winikka said. When you’re at the venue be sure to envision every aspect and scenario from the dinner to the DJ.
Depending on your intimacy preference, you may want to consider how private you want your location. “If you’re having a daytime event in a public spot, such as a park, beach or botanical garden, be prepared for strangers to trek past your party.”
Picking a location with a great view is always a great option. It will be one of the first things your guests see when they walk into the venue. According to Winikka, “Whether it’s your city skyline, a stunning vista of rolling mountains or crashing waves, exceptional locations with a view are always a plus.”
Also, think about the wedding theme. When choosing a venue, think about how your theme will match up with each location viewed. “For a classic wedding, consider an elegant room done in neutrals or black and white,” Winikka said.
It’s incredibly important to have a backup plan. Although you don’t want to imagine inclement weather conditions occurring on your big day, rain, cold, snow, overcast skies and other conditions are always a factor when choosing an outdoor wedding. As part of the venue decision, make sure there is an alternative solution for your wedding if the weather does not cooperate.
While Anja Winikk makes some great points, I do not agree with her on everything. Some of these points may be difficult to incorporate if planning a wedding on a tighter budget.