Wedding Venue Research
Have you done your research?
By Natalie Tsang
November 23, 2011
I know that everyone says that word of mouth is great, and I completely agree, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't do your own research. The most important about selecting a venue is to know your specific needs and desires. While your friends might have about a certain venue, it doesn't mean that it would be a great place for you. Why go through all the trouble of falling in love with a venue if it's too small, too far away, or too expensive?
Figure out what you want
Sit down with your fiance and make a list of things that are important to you and a list of things that will automatically eliminate a venue. For instance, if you a close family member or friend has difficulty walking, a venue that is not wheelchair accessible -- not matter how beautiful and perfect -- should not even be considered. If budget is a main concern, than make that at the top of your priorities. Are acoustics important? Do you need sound equipment? How many guests do you have? These may or may not be important concerns, but you need to make a list.
After you have your key characteristics done, ask friends, family, internet forums, and search engines for suggestions. It might sound like too much work, but make a short list of your favorites. Some people might go so far as spreadsheets, but do you make sure that each location that you're scoping out has everything you need.
The last step of the process is to actually see the place with your partner and to make sure that everything measures up. Having a checklist of desired goods is also awesome when you're negotiating your contract. Make sure your venue is able to deliver and has a back up plan, in case of weather, power outages, and other unexpected events.