Let us start by first congratulating you on this wonderful new chapter in your life. As you and your partner start making preparations for your big day, the number of things to be taken care of will soon enough feel overwhelming. If you haven’t done any wedding planning before this can be quite a challenging task for you. 

Not only does this include deciding about crucial things like the date of the wedding, the number of guests, the most suitable venue, or buying a wedding dress, but also, thinking about minor details such as sending the invitations or finding a photographer. It’s normal to be under a lot of pressure because after all, this should be a once-in-a-lifetime event and you have to get it right.

What’s more, you don’t want to let your younger self down, by planning out a wedding that’s not going to live up to those demanding expectations. This is especially the case when you’re hunting for the perfect wedding setting.

If you’re having trouble finding the perfect venue for your special day, we have got your back! Read our advice on the topic and jump into action.

Set Your Budget and Guest List

Imagine setting your heart on a venue only to find out that it’s way beyond your budget. To save yourself the heartache and disappointment, talk with your partner about how much money you can afford to spend on the whole wedding. Once this has been decided, begin an active search for an affordable venue, bearing the chosen amount in mind. 

Next, arrange a small get together with your partner and immediate family so that you can talk about the guests that each of you wants to invite. The list will seem endless: relatives, friends, friends-of-friends, colleagues, plus ones. Again, narrow it down by keeping in mind the budget range you’ve decided on.

Now you’re ready to look into different venue options.

Destination Wedding

Maybe you prefer a grand and lavish wedding, or maybe a small intimate one is more up your alley – whatever the case, destination weddings cater to all tastes. It’s important to mention, however, that with a smaller guest party it is quite easier to choose a more distant location and even cover your guests’ expenses to make sure they reach your dream venue.

You and your partner must have one such dream destination that has been on your list since forever and what better time than now to turn that dream into reality. One of the finest wedding destinations out there is Rose Hall, which offers a plantation house, an aqueduct, a church on a hilltop, and a beach with a gazebo as possible wedding venues. According to Rose Hall, their wedding planners will be more than happy to coordinate your wedding, address your wishes and adapt it to your budget. It would be a day straight out of a fairytale!

At the end of the day, what matters most is to find the venue that really speaks to you. The place which best captures you and your partner’s spirit and personality.

Throwing a Gatsby-like Wedding

If you want to invite a lot of people to your wedding and turn it into the biggest social event of the year, you need a large capacity venue. The best options for a party resembling those held by Gatsby in Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby would be marquees and barns. If you go with a marquee wedding, you also get to customize more since marquees can work as a blank canvas and you can choose the type of chairs, tables, flooring, linen, etc, you want to put. The same goes for decorations such as lighting, flowers, and table decorations.

Barns, on the other hand, are more tricky for wedding planning but pass as aesthetically stunning venues. You should be aware that you’ll have to put aside some extra budget for lighting, generators, catering tent, chairs, tables, etc since barns are not a full-service venue. If you’ve booked one that holds wedding ceremonies frequently, the manager will be knowledgeable and willing to help you. Otherwise, consulting a professional wedding planner might be a good idea.

Venue for an Intimate Wedding

Having a preference for a small intimate wedding ceremony, with no one but your closest friends and family, not only does dramatically cut down on wedding costs but it also ensures there will be better interaction among your guests. Possible ideas for venues include cute little places like your favorite coffee shop, the restaurant where you had your first date at, your local library, even your backyard.

You can even save on catering by hiring a food truck or even introducing a potluck meal for the reception where you ask each of your guests to bring their own specialty dish. It would be a great conversation starter and would help them get to know each other better. It will make your wedding party an instant success!

At the end of the day, what matters most is to find the venue that really speaks to you. The place which best captures you and your partner’s spirit and personality.