One of the biggest decisions people will make when planning their wedding, is choosing the right wedding venue. Our friends at Blackstone Caterers are back to help point those planning weddings in the right direction of what to consider when making that decision.

  • Know your guest count
    • Couples often make the mistake of falling in love with wedding venues too quickly and don’t realize to make their guest list first before starting any research or venue tours. All wedding venues will have a maximum capacity of how many guests they can hold, and even as particular as to whether you have a band vs. a DJ.
  • Stick to your budget
    • A wedding venue is one of the bigger expenses of your wedding day and allocating where to spend your money for each vendor will help significantly with narrowing down options that could be out of your price range.
  • Following the Rules
    • Each venue have their own sets of rules (ie: majority of museums don’t allow live candles) and having an understanding of each venue you are researching will also help you narrow down by making a “pros and cons” list depending on rules you know you can follow.
  • Set up/Personal items
    • Weddings always come with DIY décor or items to set up, such as a card box, guest book, place cards, etc. Venues have strict timing rules of setting up and breaking down events, along with taking personal items at the end of the day or night. Ask your venue contact representative when you begin your initial conversation if they are able to store your personal items on site (some do!) or if everything must come off the property at the end of the event.
  • Your Guest’s Experiences
    • Your wedding should reflect your personal styles as individuals and as a couple. Selecting your wedding venue can showcase your style and provide guests with an opportunity to interact more depending on what your venue has to offer, such as lawn games or a museum.

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