Choosing a Venue – Do’s & Dont’s

Choosing the venue, the very first step in the planning process. We always encourage our couples to first hire their planner, come y’all knew that was coming. Then decide on a budget – we all know – nothing moves without the money and finally, select a venue. The venue not only drives the date and the number of guests, but it also plays big the largest role in the design of your wedding.



The overall vibe of your venue has to feel right. We have planned weddings in ballrooms, backyards, castles, barns, farms, you name it! When you step into your venue space you should just have that gut feeling that it’s right for you. Check out every detail on your venue tour so you have a full view of the place. The same goes for an outdoor space. Check out where you’ll be taking pictures, how the cocktail reception space feels, and details that will be part of your photographs.

Photographer: Sam Coba Photography

Choosing a Venue – Have an indoor option!

Always have a plan b in case of inclement weather. No matter what time of year you’re getting married, there’s always a chance you’ll be sent indoors. If you’re planning an outdoor or tented reception you need to fully understand the inclement weather plan. Rain may not dampen (see what I did there) your ability to have the tented wedding of your dream, but a hurricane will! When we want to satellite watch. is our best friend.

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What’s included?

Knowing what’s included and what you’ll have to book/buy on your own is a huge factor when choosing a venue. Some venues will offer catering, alcohol, decor, rentals, and more. Other venues may require you to put in more work but open you up to choosing your own vendors. Decide what route you want to take when deciding on your wedding venue.

Not sure where to start? We’re here to help! Let’s chat if you’re ready to book your wedding planner to help make some of these big decisions and keep you on track. Contact us!