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Woohoo!  Congratulations on your engagement!  You have an exciting journey ahead of you!  Engaged.  Book a wedding venue right?  But where and how to start?  Here are some tips to save your time 🙂  You should do following first before you start researching on wedding venues or going on wedding venue tours to make wedding planning more efficient for you.

 

First, Set Your Date or a Few Possible Dates

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Set your date(s) before you start looking for wedding venues. Find a few possible dates that would work for you and your fiancé. Have one “must have” date. Then couple of optional dates in case your first choice date is already taken at your preferred wedding venue. Second of this list of Wedding Venues Hunting Guide is…

 

Second, Find Your Wedding Venues Hunting Guides for Your Wedding

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You should have a clear vision on what is the style of your wedding you desire to achieve.  This helps you narrow down your research on wedding venues and save your time.  Without it, it is really hard for you to move on from here because you wouldn’t know where you want to book your wedding venue. There are so many venues out there offer different feels vibes, and styles. 

 

Elegant Country Club Tented Wedding Venues

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Classic Ballroom Wedding Venues

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Rustic Barn Wedding or Farmhouse Wedding

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Creative Backyard Wedding

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Even if you are planning to have a backyard wedding, you still need to think about a vision, a style, how you want to it to feel and how you want all guests to remember your special day.

Also, think about the interior color of the wedding venues. If you like dark and edgy style, then choose a wedding venue with dark wood, bold color wall etc.  If you like bright and airy style, maybe check out venues with neutral interior colors and plenty of natural light through windows.

 

Get a Rough Guest Count

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Without this number, you won’t be able to decide on your wedding venues. That would be one of the question being asked when you tour wedding venues. Why do you need to waste your time touring if it doesn’t offer the room size you need.

Also, you will need guest count for Save the Dates, Invitation etc.

 

Now, You Can Research on Wedding Venues

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After you have a vision, a rough guest count, now you can do some research and narrow down your wedding venue options based on your preferences.

There are a couple things you need to consider when you are considering wedding venues.  With a guest count in mind, you will be able to find the right venue with right size reception. You don’t want to pay too much extra for the reception room size much bigger than you need.

Some wedding venues offers huge flexibility with multiple reception rooms with different sizes, such as Danversport Yacht Club, The Villa at Ridder Country Club. Some rustic venue offers tented reception and barn wedding such as Five Bridge Inn. And others may offer indoor reception and rustic barn wedding for smaller wedding such as Steele Hill Resort.

 

Determine location / region you’d like to travel to for your wedding day

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Decide the proximate region you’d like to celebrate on your wedding day. At same time you need to consider if the traveling is feasible for you, your family and all guests and the weather around your wedding day.

This is totally personal preference and you might be able to have deep personal connection with certain locations. For example, it might be a region where you and your fiancé spend a lots of time together, or mean more to your family ( a wedding venue for generations ), or it could be both you just fell in love with this venue and what it has to offer. continue reading more about Wedding Venues hunting guide.

 

What does wedding venues have to offer?

Does it have a beautiful European garden you wanted your wedding portrait to be taken in? Or beach front with cool ocean breeze? Or maybe a grand mountain view with gorgeous sunset that you enjoy so much. Do they allow sparklers that you really wanted for send off at end of your wedding? Usually the couples prefer the venue has a beautiful area for wedding photos.

 

Do you want food and drinks provided on site?

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Do you want to have food and drinks all taken care of by the venue? Which will make your wedding planning a lot easier.

Some of the venues provide you a space for ceremony and reception only. You have to bring in catering and drinks in with separate catering service. However the venues usually have recommended local catering services. But it’s just another couple of vendors on your list that you need to research on and book.

 

Is there a bridal Suite for you getting ready?

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Some wedding venues don’t have a bridal suite for brides getting ready. Which mean you need to completely ready, dress before you arrive.

For the wedding venues who offer bridal suite, you need to find out when you can arrive and use bridal suite. Some allow you to arrive one hour before your ceremony, some allows two hours. But you can pay extra to extend your stay at some venues. So you can plan where to get ready and travel time accordingly.

This won’t be much a concern you have a church ceremony.

 

Parking Space

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Do you want easy parking on your wedding day for all guests? If so, maybe you want to avoid downtown wedding venues. I have photographed a wedding in Boston couple of weeks ago. This wedding venue has very tough parking. Valet parking only and you have to wait for your ride to arrive, like in 15 minutes 😟

Some smaller wedding venues has only small parking lot and / or street parking only.

 

Accessibility

Is wedding venue wheelchair accessible? You might have elderly family member or guests who are in wheelchair. So you should consider easy access for them too.

 

Last But Not Least, Take Advantage of Off Season Discount

May to Oct is busy wedding season. If you already have a date in mind that’s during off season, you might be in luck. Usually you have some wiggle room to book your wedding venue.

I have photographed weddings in first week of Nov. and End of April. I have to say, you might luck out with weather as well most of time 😉

 

 

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