Finding the perfect venue isn’t easy. There are so many options to choose from. From rustic barns to elegant ballrooms, cosy and intimate restaurants to gorgeous beach fronts, here are some tips to help you choose the right one for you:
- Choose a venue that aligns your vision — Look at venues which fit the aesthetic you have in mind. If you’re planning to incorporate more natural elements, outdoor venues are your best bet, while if you’re planning a modern and elegant wedding, art galleries and ballrooms are more suitable. Choose a venue that fits your theme and enhances it thus making your wedding more connected to space.
P. C: Alfaaz Photography
2. Talk to a planner — Wedding planners are very familiar with venues and with what they include and what their layout is. They would be your best source for finding the perfect venue for you.
Venue: The Guild Inn Estate
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3. Know your guest list — Having an estimate of how many would be invited by yourself and your parents will save you the trouble closer to the wedding date. If you choose a venue too small to fit the number you were expecting and more people RSVP ‘yes’, you would be in a tough situation. Having an estimate would also help cut down any extra costs you may incur as many venue costs are dependant on the number of people you have invited.
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4. Consider your guests’ experience — If you have a lot of out-of-towners or a destination wedding, a venue that is closer to a hotel would be suitable. Their comfort within the venue is also important, therefore, ask the venue how many people may fit comfortably in a room as well as what is allowed according to the fire code.
Venue: Palais Royale
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5. Think about what is included in the price — If you’re looking at venues that offer full-service or those that allow to bring in your own vendors, be sure to price everything out. A venue that has tables, chairs and linens included may cost more upfront compared to renting out from an outside source. If a venue has in-house catering that has a food and beverage minimum, make sure to add in tax and gratuity fee.
Venue: Royal Ambassador Banquet
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6. Remember your budget — Break down your overall budget by category and allocating more funds to vendors that are a higher priority. If you select your venue first and then realize it’s more than you allocated, it would be an uphill when you need to hire other vendors.
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7. Stay true to yourself — With the influence of Pinterest weddings, a lot of couples choose a venue on the style of wedding they fell in love with online. It’s very important to know what feels authentic to you two as a couple and to choose a space and design that represents who you are. And remember that a venue may have looked gorgeous with a theme/ design different to yours but it may not be the perfect canvas for yours.
Venue: Lakeshore Convention Centre
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