Wedding Wednesdays Q&A: How to Narrow Your Wedding Venues

Wedding Wednesdays Q&A answered by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

Q:  I’m researching wedding venues and I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.  How do I know if it’s a venue I should go see?

This is a great question because you don’t want to waste your time.  So, here’s what you need to do, you need to be only be seeing wedding venues that fit your needs.  Because there’s no point in spending hours going to see a wedding venue if it’s not going to work for one reason or another.

Now, with that being said, you won’t know everything about a venue until you see it, but you can eliminate options beforehand.  Which will save you time and prevent that feeling of overwhelm.

So, how do you eliminate options?

You have to understand your list of wants and then prioritize.

Think of the process similar to trying to find an apartment or a house.  You have know what you’re looking for first before you can start looking, right?!  So, you have to know you want to be in this neighborhood because of the location.  Or you have to know you want 2 bathrooms, or a big kitchen, and a backyard, etc…

Beyond your tangible needs like 2 bedrooms, there’s also the more intangible things you might want.  Perhaps you want a certain style or color of house.  Or maybe it’s a certain feeling you want to have when you walk in or a certain neighborhood vibe.  Both the tangible and the intangible wants and needs are what you’ll want to understand.

So, first think about what you’re looking for in a wedding venue.  Think about the more tangible items like capacity, price or inclusions.  If you’re having a destination wedding, don’t forget to think about where on the island or location you want to be.  Then think about the intangible and the look and feel.  Think about the experience and what’s important about where you get married.

Once you have a list of wants and needs for your wedding venues, then you have to prioritize.

So, for most of us who don’t have a bagillion dollars, when you’re finding an apartment or home, there will be compromises.  You won’t get the “perfect” house.  But, you can get the most important things on your list.

The same goes for wedding venues.  By prioritizing or ranking the items on your list, you’ll not only be able to look at a venue and see if it makes sense for you.  But, it will also help you eliminate options.  Because you’ll know if it fits your high priority wants and needs.  Or if it doesn’t.

If you assess your wedding venues with your list of wants in mind and it will make the process much easier for you.  Because you’ll be able to come up with a curated list of venues.  And the less choices you have, the less overwhelmed you’ll feel.  And the less time you’ll have to spend looking at venues.  All wins in my book!

Wedding guests enjoying cocktails at a wine country wedding at Calistoga Ranch by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events

(Photo credit: Kate Webber)

Now I’d love to hear from you!  What’s one thing that is really important to you about your wedding venue?  Let me know in a comment below.

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