7 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Venue

Choosing a wedding venue is very important since it will set the tone for the whole day. It’ll be one of the most important decisions you make other than to whom you are marrying. As a wedding venue and having dealt with brides for many years, these are the top seven mistakes we see many of them make. Keep reading so you can be ahead of the game and learn from other’s mistakes!

Mistake #1

Not checking the price before touring the venue. If you have a budget amount in your mind for a venue, do not schedule a tour when the cost is a lot more. It is never smart to exceed your budget really early in the planning process. Random expenses can pop up later down the road that may put you in a serious bind.

Mistake #2

Expecting more guests than the venue can accommodate. A firm count is not required to look at venues, but one question that the venue will ask is the size of your wedding. If the venue can only handle 100 guests and you expect 200, it’s better to just continue searching for one that fits all your needs, otherwise you may fall in love and have to cut your guest list in half.

Mistake #3

The venue doesn’t match your style or theme. The more a venue matches the style you want, the less decorating you will have to do. That means more money to use on other things…or save for a rainy day!

Mistake #4

You get roped into a venue that requires the use of specific vendors. When you no longer have a say in the professionals who help tie your wedding together, expenses can skyrocket very quickly. The venue price may be exceptionally reasonable but when you start adding on their required caterer, florist, DJ and bakery, you could quickly be looking at a budget that is no longer comfortable. You may also sacrifice quality since you can not hand pick professionals that you have grown to know and trust.

Mistake #5

Guest parking is not good. Everyone in attendance knows and loves that this is your special day. That’s why they are all there supporting you! It’s always important to look after your guests and a great way to guarantee they are happy upon arrival is to ensure ample parking. No one likes to walk unnecessary distances in high heels!

Mistake #6

The venue has no rain plan. Everyone always wants the picturesque sunny wedding day with a light and refreshing breeze, but the reality is that Mother Nature doesn’t always provide that. If you are planning an outdoor ceremony, please, please make sure that your venue has a rain plan. You also want to make sure that it is a rain plan that makes sense and wouldn’t put a tremendous kink in the flow of your day.

Mistake #7

Make sure that you like the people that own/run the venue. Are you comfortable with them? Do they listen well and respond to your questions directly? Do they inspire trust and confidence? Are they warm and enthusiastic? If you do not feel an instant connection with the people that would be working with you throughout your planning process, you won’t feel it on the day of your wedding either.


Do your research when searching for the perfect venue. Ask questions. Ask more questions, because once you find that perfect place, all the rest of those wedding day details fall right into place. Happy hunting!

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