Q: I’m trying to find my wedding venue and I’m struggling. I don’t feel like I’m looking for anything too crazy, but I can’t seem to find a wedding venue that’s either available or fits what I’m looking for. Help!
I know wedding venue hunting is many times the most stressful thing to do when you start planning your wedding.
You feel like you’re on a time crunch to set a date because everyone is asking. And you need a venue in order to do that.
But, if you can’t find your venue, you’re stuck.
So, let’s get you unstuck with 3 Wedding Venue Hunting Tips.
3 Wedding Venue Hunting Tips To Help You Find Your Perfect Venue
First off, in order to even start looking for a wedding venue, you need to know what you’re look for, right? So, like apartment or house hunting, you have a laundry list of things you want.
That might include location, distance to hotels, size, style, event timeframe, etc…
Most of the time you won’t find a venue that fits all of those criteria, but you can get close. That’s the goal.
Wedding Venue Hunting Tip #1 – Revisit your criteria
So, if you’re struggling to find the right venue, start by taking a look at your list again.
Maybe you can be a little more flexible on a particular item. For example, if you were looking in a certain area like say Napa, perhaps you need to expand that radius. Maybe consider a similar location like Sonoma or an area that’s just a little farther like Calistoga.
Or maybe there are a few items you can compromise on. Perhaps you don’t need a venue with a lake view. Or you don’t need a wedding venue that also does catering. Or maybe you don’t need a hotel venue.
Adding some flexibility or compromising on some of the criteria will allow you to expand your search. And this will give you more options to consider.
Now make sure you don’t compromise on anything REALLY important. But, if you can be flexible in some areas, it will help a lot. And you never know, you could end up with a venue you like even better than anything else you’ve seen.
Ok, so now let’s say you’ve already done that. You’ve gone back through your criteria and compromised on everything you felt comfortable with.
There are two other wedding venue hunting tips I want to share to help you find your venue.
Wedding Venue Hunting Tip #2 – Look at options outside the box
If you’ve looked at all the venues and nothing is quite right, take a look at options that are a little outside the box.
There may be a hotel that’s still being finished, but will be done by the time your wedding happens. Or there might be a museum that’s renovating that will look different. Some of these venue options may not be completed, but could be the right fit.
Or maybe you need to look at a non-traditional wedding venue. Look in the local community. Perhaps there is a garden, community space or even a restaurant that you didn’t think of originally, but could work wonderfully.
And don’t forget about the wedding venues that are a blank slate. Warehouses, breweries, ranches and private estates can all be wonderful venues that you can mold to your unique style.
Wedding Venue Hunting Tip #3 – Consider another day or time
If looking outside the box isn’t your thing or perhaps you’ve already found THE venue, but it’s booked, consider changing your day.
You could pick another day of the week or month or year even! There is nothing wrong with a weekday wedding or a Sunday wedding, especially for a destination wedding (sometimes it’s even better). And if you can do another month or season, try that. Or even 6 months later or earlier.
You can also pick a different time of day. If it’s a wedding venue that holds both day and evening weddings, it might not hurt to think about a day time wedding. Consider a lunch or brunch wedding instead of an dinner one. Not every couple would go for this, but it’s a fun way to do a wedding. And bonus, you’ll save so much money on food and booze!
Being flexible on the day and/or time of day will help you get the venue you want and give you some negotiating power. It really is worth considering.
If you’re struggling to find the right wedding venue. Or if every venue you look at is booked, use these 3 wedding venue hunting tips to help you. It will expand your options and allow you to consider some other alternatives which could be even better than you imagined.
And if you need help finding a venue, contact us! We’re venue matchmakers! It’s something we’re particularly good at. We’ll help streamline the process for you and find your perfect venue.