Blog Post By: Amy Saunders, Event Coordinator
Choosing a wedding venue can be a challenge for many couples. Factors like capacity, location and/or venue availability play a huge role in your choice. When you begin your search for the perfect wedding venue, there are a few things I recommend couples consider. Below are 5 details I encourage couples to research when making their decision.
Wedding Venue Location
Are you looking for a venue in your hometown, another state, or somewhere that is centrally located when considering where most of your guests will be traveling from? Not only should you consider the distance your guests will be travelling, but you should also keep in mind what is in the surrounding area. If you are planning an out of state wedding, or looking for a location outside of your hometown, is there lodging nearby, shuttle or cab services, or other attractions that your guests could enjoy? Once you decide on a location it makes your search a whole lot easier.
Wedding Venue Capacity
Narrow down your venue options based on their capacity. In order to do this, you must have a realistic idea of your guest count. Consider the maximum number of people you will be inviting, your budget for the venue, then consider how many people you believe will actually be able attend. Once you have a realistic idea of your guest count, begin your search for venues that have the capacity to host your wedding. You don’t want to start touring venues if they can not comfortably accommodate your guests or are far too large for a smaller, intimate wedding.
Schedule Venue Tours Soon
Schedule tours as early as possible, especially if you have your heart set on a particular venue and/or date. I cannot tell you how many times I have received tour requests for dates that have already been booked. Most venues tend to be booked 12 to 18 months in advance, so the earlier you can complete your tours, the faster you can decide on a venue and hopefully secure your date.
What to ask at your Wedding Venue TourWhen you’re touring potential venues, consider what each venue includes, plus how you picture your special day. This will help determine the questions you want answered. For example, is there a room that can be used to get ready in? Is there space for a ceremony indoors or outdoors? Are there options for catering, bar service, planning and decorating assistance or set up? Are tables and chairs provided? All these things can make a huge difference -- especially if you are hosting your wedding in a location other than your hometown.
Consider your Wedding Venue Budget
Once you know what each venue includes, consider your budget. For example, some venues include tables, chairs, linens, etc., while others are simply a rentable space wherein you would need to provide all the tables, chairs, and other items. The price for the space may be affordable, but once you factor in additional rental items, it could end up costing you more than a similar venue that already includes all these items. If you choose a venue that is over the budget you had in mind, you may end up having to reallocate funds from other areas that are important to you. Therefore, knowing and sticking to your venue budget will make it easier to plan other aspects of your wedding, without compromising on other important details.
Bucks Run Golf Club offers a complete wedding venue, featuring a waterfront outdoor ceremony site, spacious banquet room, a private bridal suite, complete food & beverage packages, a personal Event Coordinator, and more. To learn more about our Mt. Pleasant Wedding Venue, contact Amy Saunders at (989) 773-6830 or by utilizing the contact us form on our website.