Step 2: Pick Your Wedding Venue & Set Your Date:
Choosing your wedding venue and setting your wedding date is the first real step in actually planning your wedding. Here are some things to think about when selecting your wedding location and setting your date:
All Inclusive or DIY?
Different venues offer different levels of service when it comes to your wedding day. Some places will take care of everything - the food, the drinks, the cake, the cleaning, while other places will hand you the keys and tell you to have fun. The DIY route may be cheaper but it will involve a lot more work coordinating everything (and everyone) compared to a place that will take care of everything for you. We suggest comparing the different levels of service venues are offering and choose one that best fit your needs. Look for a place that will clean up after the party for you. It’s a lot of work for your parents and bridal party if they have to clean up everything before they leave and these kind of parties always seem to end a little bit early.
Wedding Ceremony Site:
If you aren’t planning to get married in an actual church, look for a venue that offers a ceremony site on their location. Make sure it has a power source for your DJ near the guest seating but still out of the way of pictures. This will make sure guests can hear all of the the music and microphones clearly.
Pick Your Date:
Once you’ve picked the perfect venue they should provide you with a list of dates they have available. May - October are the most popular months for weddings & Saturday evenings are by far more popular than Friday and Sunday weddings. Your venue may even offer a discount for booking a non-prime date.
Location Is Key:
If you aren’t doing a destination wedding we suggest choosing a location central to as many of your guests as possible. You won’t be able to please everyone but consider making your venue location easy to get to and easy to get home. Country barn weddings are always a blast but getting an Uber or Lyft home from them can be a challenge.