Almost every part of a wedding can be changed, from the attire to the flowers to the wedding cake, but there is one thing you can't change: the location. Even if you're planning a small wedding, you still need a place for your friends and family to congregate and celebrate.
Finding the ideal location, however, is difficult. Whether you're searching for a gorgeous barn, an exquisite ballroom, a warm restaurant, or a peaceful stretch of coastline, there are a tonne of possibilities available. To discover your ideal venue, we asked a few wedding planners to provide their best advice. Do check out: small wedding venues in NC
FIRST, SPEAK WITH A PLANNER
Yes, consult a planner before you begin looking at potential locations. According to Alley Kline-Weichelt, "Planners are much more familiar with the capabilities of a space, the layout, and the time and materials you'll need to transform it." Your planner will be aware of any inventive ways to make it special or any peculiarities of the area that can make it challenging to realise your goal.
SELECT A LOCATION THAT SUPPORTS YOUR GOALS
Look at art galleries, well-designed eateries, or warehouse spaces if you're having a contemporary wedding. On the other hand, outdoor locations like parks, backyards, and ranches work great for weddings that have more natural aspects. Choosing a location that complements (and fits in with) your theme can help your wedding seem more rooted in the place.
KNOW WHO IS COMING
"You might be in a difficult situation if you select a venue that is too small for your guest list and more guests RSVP "yes" than you can fit in the space." Have that chat early so that you know what you're truly dealing with because couples frequently underestimate the number of guests they will invite (or the number that their parents will want to add). The amount of guests you invite will have a significant impact on some expenditures, therefore doing this will also help you break down your budget, according to Olsen.
KEEP YOUR BUDGET IN MIND
According to Kline-Weichelt, "it's more than just how much renting the space will cost," because locations with in-house catering (like hotels) will charge a price-per-plate. Adding décor and flowers will up the price as well. Be aware of your overall spending limit and the approximate cost to implement your design. You will either need to reduce the magnitude of your design or hunt for more reasonably priced venues if adding that to the cost of renting the space blows your budget out of the water. Olsen adds.
ALWAYS BE TRUE TO YOURSELF
It's crucial to decide on a place and a design that are a reflection of who you are as a pair and to ask yourselves what feels real to you two. Additionally, keep in mind that while a location could have been stunning with a different theme or colour scheme, it might not be the ideal setting for yours.