Choosing a Venue
By Erin Cavey
Choosing a venue for your wedding usually happens two ways. You either have a wedding theme set, and you select a venue to blend with that theme, or you have a venue in mind and model your wedding around the venue. Either way, there are many things to consider before making a final decision.
Your guest list will make or break the venue selection. It is imperative your location can handle the number of guests you will have, people and parking.
If you want a religious ceremony or have always dreamed of having your wedding in a house of worship, you will have to find a location of your religious preference with openings on your desired date.
Some venues require you to do more work than others. For example, many hotels or resorts will provide a planner who will set-up and help you make important decisions. In contrast, if you are hosting your wedding in your parents’ backyard, they probably don’t have staff to set things up. How much work are you willing or able to do? The friendly staff at Butler’s Courtyard is there to help brides every step of the way. “We are the ones calling your vendors to confirm the details,” says Nancy Richards of Butler’s Courtyard located in Historic League City. “If you have issues involving family, we are there to help you work them out.”
Next, you should consider costs. A set budget is very important when beginning your planning. It will help you to decide how much you can spend on the venue, usually one of your bigger costs. A strict budget also eliminates the need to visit venues priced outside of the budget guidelines.
Factor in the time of year. It may be a little warm for an outdoor venue in Houston, in August. Many outdoor venues, especially destination venues, boast beautiful sunsets, colorful leaves or extraordinary views. These features are often based on the seasons. If those are important to you, be sure and book the right time of year.
Although, websites are an excellent place to start, you should see the actual facility for yourself before making a deposit. Locations will always look different in pictures and you cannot base your decision from photographs on a website. Your wedding location is obviously one of the most important planning choices you will make. It will set the theme for your big day, many of your wedding pictures and be a place that holds special memories for you as well as your friends and family. Select the location that’s right you.