If you've been following along in our Wedding Planning Basics Series, you know that we’re moving through the essential first steps in your planning process. First we set your values and priorities then we created a budget and a guest list. Today we're talking about one of the biggest decisions you will make during your whole engagement.
Selecting Your Wedding Venue
It's true that everything can feel like a big decision during the beginning of your wedding planning. Selecting your venue is the culmination of all of these big decisions because it sets the geographic location, the tone, the style, and sometimes the schedule for your day. It’s also one of the largest pieces of your budget, especially if the catering service is included.
That seems like a big decision, right? It is. Here's how to handle it:
Why I think selecting your venue should be like selecting your home.
It's so important to physically visit all of the venues on your short list and and take a tour to stand in their spaces. I believe that walking through your wedding venue is like walking through the house or apartment you know will live in. It feels right in your gut. You can imagine yourself in that space. You can imagine yourself starting your marriage there. Yes, there will be other factors to consider on a pros & cons list (availability, budget, what's included) just like you would do with a future home (location, rent, amenities), and sometimes compromises on your wish list will have to be made. When you feel connected to your venue the same way you did with that first home you really loved, it's much easier to plan around those compromises and ultimately have a great venue experience.
Next up, we're pulling it all together and talking about how to create a thoughtfully beautiful design for your wedding!
I'd love to hear from you if this series is having an impact on your planning process! Leave a comment or questions below, or reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.