‘Tis the season to get engaged! Wedding planning can be an incredibly exciting time, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming – especially if you’ve never planned a wedding before! One of the most important parts of planning your big day, though, is finding the right wedding venue to host your ceremony and reception. It might sound like something that could take months or even years to find, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Read on to learn how to find the perfect wedding venue in just three easy steps!
Expect to Plan Further Out
A lot of venues are booked solid through 2023, and Saturdays in 2024 may already be completely booked as well. Here at the Mansion, we have very limited Saturdays remaining in peak season. If you’re set on having a Saturday wedding during peak months (mid April – mid November) then look at 2025 for your wedding. With that said, if you’re open to having your wedding on a Friday or a Sunday, or during colder months, then there are currently plenty of dates in 2024 that will work for you. The main thing you want to remember is that you should be flexible with your date. If you find somewhere that you love, it’s worth the wait.
Inflation is Happening
Prices are rising everywhere, and that includes in the wedding industry. When you begin looking for a location, don’t be surprised if things are more expensive than they were a year ago. Before you begin scheduling tours, make sure you create a firm budget and be realistic about what you decide to do for your wedding. If there are must-haves for your wedding, make sure that you include realistic pricing for them when creating your budget. Make sure you share with the venue when you first inquire what your vision is: are you planning to use the venue in a traditional sense or do you have a more elaborate vision? When clients share their ideas with us, we’re able to help educate them on logistics and overall expenses so they can decide if we’re the right fit for their day. Just remember that as long as you have your friends, family, food, and music, you’re going to have a great day.
Go with the Flow
If we’ve learned anything from the past few years, it’s that even with wedding planning you should go with the flow. There will always be outside forces that impact your wedding. However, always remember that there are ways to help as you begin looking for venues. Consider creating a wedding website to keep your guests updated on the latest changes. Digital save-the-dates are also becoming more and more popular. If you’re concerned about your wedding, you also may want to look at event insurance. However, always remember that if you’re ready to pivot and go with the flow, you’re going to enjoy the planning process a lot more.
Beginning to plan your wedding is an exciting challenge. If you keep these tips in mind as you begin your search for a place to get married, though, you’re sure to be a lot more informed and prepared.