Choosing Your Wedding Venue: Tips from a Photographer

Choosing your wedding venue. Inside a wedding venue with decorations and chairs.

February 26, 2024

Tips & Insight, Weddings

Hey there, lovebirds! As you embark on the exciting journey of planning your dream wedding, one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make is choosing the perfect wedding venue. As a seasoned wedding photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing countless couples find their dream venue, and I’m here to share some invaluable advice to help you choose the venue that’s just right for you.

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How Does Your Wedding Venue Look in Photos?

Let’s start with the obvious – how does your venue photograph? Your wedding venue sets the stage for your special day and serves as the backdrop for all your cherished memories. Take a peek at other photographers’ photos or blog posts featuring the venue. Does it exude charm and elegance? Is it the picture-perfect backdrop you’ve dreamed of for your special day? Pay close attention to the venue’s aesthetic appeal and how it aligns with your vision for your wedding day.

Be sure to plan for rain when choosing your wedding venue

Plan for Bad Weather

While you may envision exchanging vows under the open sky, it’s essential to have a solid backup plan in case of rainy weather. One of the most critical aspects of venue selection is its ability to adapt to unexpected weather conditions.

I’ve been in situations where the venue only had a tiny tent for the ceremony and a cramped space for the cocktail hour. I also photographed a wedding where they had to force everyone to stand in a small room for the ceremony and there weren’t enough chairs for the guests!

That’s why it’s crucial to explore both indoor and outdoor spaces at your chosen venue, ensuring that you’ll love your venue rain or shine.

Choosing your wedding venue

Explore Your Options

Your wedding venue should be a reflection of your unique love story and personal style. Don’t settle for the first venue you stumble across. Take the time to explore several options to find the one that truly speaks to your heart. Attend open houses, schedule tours, and envision yourself walking down the aisle in each space. Trust your instincts and choose a venue that feels like home.

Choosing your wedding venue. Couple standing at alter during ceremony

Wedding Venue Customization & Flexibility

Every couple has a distinct vision for their wedding day, and your venue should be able to accommodate your unique preferences. Look into how customizable the venue is. Some venues have strict rules about decorations, chairs, and tables, so make sure your vision aligns with their policies. Discuss your ideas with the venue coordinator to ensure that your wedding day reflects your style and preferences.

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Ask About Venue Usage

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and you want to ensure that you have full access to the venue to create unforgettable memories. Inquire about how many weddings happen per day and any photo restrictions they may have. You want to ensure full access to the venue and the freedom to capture your special moments without any limitations. Additionally, inquire about any potential conflicts with other events and how they will be managed to ensure a seamless and stress-free experience for you and your guests.

Choosing your wedding venue. Couple kissing outside church

Seek Reviews and Recommendations

When it comes to choosing the perfect wedding venue, insights from other couples can be invaluable. Dive into reviews and seek feedback from other brides on platforms like Facebook. Their experiences can offer valuable insights into what to expect from the venue, including service quality, responsiveness, and overall satisfaction. Pay attention to both positive and negative reviews to gain a comprehensive understanding of the venue’s strengths and areas for improvement.

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Review the Venues Fine Print

Before signing on the dotted line, review the contract’s fine print carefully. Ensure that you understand all terms and conditions, especially regarding cancellations and potential conflicts with other events. Your wedding day is a significant investment, and you want to ensure that you are fully informed and protected in case of unforeseen circumstances. If your venue is not strictly a “wedding” venue, be doubly sure to read the fine print and clarify any ambiguities to avoid any unpleasant surprises down the road.

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Trust Your Instincts

Trust your instincts and choose a venue that feels right for you and your partner. Your wedding day is a celebration of your love story. Your wedding venue should reflect your unique style and personality.

Here’s to choosing the wedding venue of your dreams and creating memories that last a lifetime!

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