Planning a wedding is an exciting and challenging task, but the cornerstone of all your decisions is where you will be getting married. Deciding where to have your wedding will cause a ripple effect through all the other details – some of which may not even have occurred to you.
1. It will determine how large your guest list will be
Are you hoping to have a huge celebration, or would you rather have a smaller party? If you’re planning a large wedding, it’s important to choose a spacious, established venue that can accommodate everyone, but if you prefer a smaller wedding, you can choose a more unusual venue, or even opt for an intimate destination wedding.
2. It will affect how hard you’ll have to work
Some wedding venues provide the space and nothing else, leaving you to source all the vendors, while others can supply you with in-house, catering, lighting, décor and more. It all depends on how you want your wedding to look and feel, as well as how much additional work you can afford to do.
3. It takes up a sizeable part of your budget
Booking a venue will always be one of the more expensive wedding-related decisions you make, so if you decide to splurge on an extravagant venue, you need to make sure you have enough money in your plan for all the other things you want for the big day.
4. Your dress has to suit the venue
It’s an often-repeated maxim but it has a certain truth to it – don’t shop for your wedding dress before you choose a venue! Some styles and fabrics are more fitting for certain settings than others, so if you’re after a princess ball gown, it probably won’t look right for a casual beach wedding, and vice-versa.