3 Tips for finding the best wedding venues for your big day

Here’s the 3 Tips for finding the best Wedding venues for your wedding: 
As a newly engaged couple, one of the most exciting and daunting tasks on your wedding planning journey is finding the perfect venue. Your wedding venue sets the tone for your entire celebration, so it’s crucial to get it right. I’ve searched through my photo archive to find actual weddings I’ve photographed to show you examples. These weddings and venues are all very different and offer unique experiences. So, it’s crucial to know exactly what you want before you begin your search.

1. Determine Your Wedding Style and Guest Count

Before you start venue hunting, take some time to envision the overall style and vibe you want for your wedding. Are you dreaming of a romantic, classic ballroom? A beach-style wedding, or a barn-inspired setting? Or perhaps an intimate, outdoor garden oasis? Knowing the aesthetic you’re going for will help you narrow down your venue options. It’s also important to have a rough idea of your guest count. Venues come in all shapes and sizes, so you’ll want to find one that can comfortably accommodate your list of invitees.

Come take a glimpse into Nea & Paryez’s enchanting beach wedding ceremony held at @Eimeo Surf and Lifestyle club Mackay, Queensland. The couple was captivated by the breathtaking ocean views amidst nature’s embrace. There’s something truly magical about outdoor ceremonies and receptions that I adore. Being so intimately connected to nature adds an extra layer of romance to the celebration.

2. Consider the Logistics

Once you’ve nailed down your wedding style and guest count, it’s time to dive into the practical details. Things like parking, accessibility, and catering capabilities should all factor into your venue decision. For example, if many of your guests will be travelling from out of town, you’ll want a venue that’s easy to get to and has ample parking. Or if you have your heart set on a specific caterer, florist make sure the venue allows outside vendors. Thinking through these logistical elements upfront will help you avoid any unwelcome surprises down the line.

 Louisa & JP Fourie tied the knot at the stunning @Ghost Mountain-inn. They entrusted their decor to an outside vendor Function Foods who beautifully coordinated the outdoor reception area. It was truly spectacular, with fairy lights and delicate florals framing the outdoor dance floor.

When I got married I was dead set on finding a venue with an outdoor ceremony space. I mean, I was on the hunt for that perfect spot even before I had my squad of bridesmaids lined up! Can you relate?

So, it’s crucial to pinpoint what truly matters most on your big day and build your plans around that foundation.

 3. Visit Your Top Contenders 

No matter how impressive a venue may look online or in photos, there’s no substitute for seeing it in person. Schedule tours of your top venue choices to get a true feel for the space and envision how your wedding day will unfold. Pay close attention to the overall ambience, the condition of the facilities, and the professionalism of the venue staff. This is your chance to ask all the important questions, from pricing and availability to setup and cleanup procedures. Visiting in person will also allow you to picture your wedding decor and visualize the flow of your event. 

Hey, here’s a little something to consider while prepping for your big day: don’t forget about the weather! I was totally set on having an outdoor ceremony for our wedding way back when, but it’s smart to have a backup plan just in case it starts raining cats and dogs. Trust me, you don’t want to be stuck without one. 

Thankfully, many venues, just like at Jay & Lauren’s wedding held at Haycraft Farm Country Wedding Venue and Accommodation, have an indoor ceremony area in case the weather decides to misbehave. They also provide umbrellas and backup spaces that can be set up in a jiffy to keep you and your guests dry. So, make sure to explore all the nooks and crannies of your venue to have a rainy day plan ready to roll!

Choosing the perfect wedding venue is a big decision, but following these three tips for finding the best wedding venues to help ensure you find the ideal location to host your special day. 

Happy venue hunting!