Choosing a Wedding Venue 09/08/2017 There are many things to look for when considering a venue for your wedding. There are some initial more obvious items such as: seating capacity, in good repair, reputable company, etc. Then there are the not so obvious, those intangible checklist items that are in the back of your head before you fall asleep at night. We will discuss both. First and foremost, you need to find out if the number of guests that you are expecting will work with the space provided. Is it important to you that all of your guests are served in one room, or is it alright if they are spread out through several? After that is established, you turn to who provides the food selection for your guests. Is it prepared on site, or will it be brought in pre-made and served from insulated boxes. Does that matter to you? Will your event be the only event on premise at the time, or will several events be taking place? If your ceremony is to be outside, does the site have a Plan B in case of inclement weather? Does the venue provide the basics like tables, chairs, plates, glassware, etc. If not, are you responsible for renting them or are they? That can be an unexpected expense that you have to add to your budget. All of these issues can be answered with a meeting or phone call with an events representative from the venues you are considering. Once you’ve established that your basic needs would be met at the venue, and you are still interested, it is time to move to the more intangible issues that may arise. Are you comfortable in the space when you walk through it? Could you envision your celebration taking place there? If not, then it may not be for you. Also as important, were you comfortable speaking with the person with whom you would be working with for the next 6-18 months? Did they answer your questions directly, with sound well thought out answers, or were they vague and left you with more questions? This is the person who will be directing you through the process of planning and executing your wedding. It is important that you feel that they are competent, trustworthy and knowledgeable. Planning your wedding should be an enjoyable experience. Once you have your venue reserved and the date set, the real work of planning begins. It is a great relief to find just the right setting to act as a backdrop to the rest of your day. Do not rush through the process. Take your time, and know that the venue that you choose will be the right one for you.