How To Choose Between Two Wedding Venues

Your wedding is one of the most important and biggest days in your life, so it makes sense that you want everything to be perfect. And nothing has a greater impact on making your day perfect than your wedding venue.

Unfortunately, choosing a wedding venue isn’t easy. Particularly, guess what, when you’ve narrowed down your list to the final two. How do you decide which one is the better option for your wedding day?

Simple: you consider and compare these factors.

9 Factors To Help You Choose Your Wedding Venue

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1. The Timeline & Dates

You’ve probably planned out every aspect of your wedding within an allocated timeline. So you have to first consider how your venue fits into that respected timeline. Is it within the period or not? Can you be flexible with your days?

Remember that venues can sometimes get booked 12 to 18 months in advance, so you must plan accordingly. Think about your timeline and which venue’s availability fits into it.

2. Which One Better Fits Your Vision

There is no question that you have a vision – or a style – for your wedding. Do you envision a classic ballroom-type setting, or is something modern, trendy and rustic up your alley?

Depending on what you want – personal preference is different for every bride and groom – it comes down to which wedding venue better fits your vision.

A great idea is to find a place that offers multiple different types of locations and styles. For example, Theinncalgary in Calgary has various types of event rooms for weddings. It can open you up to more choices. They’re a prime example of planning smartly: you have plenty of options under one roof in case something goes wrong.


3. Is There A Big Price Difference Between The Two Venues?

Your official conclusion might be totally cost based. On the off chance that wedding scenes A and B are inside a value scope of one another and their general bundles are comparable, you might pick the nearest to your spending plan. Investigate the per-individual cost and think about it. Ensure you are totally clear on the evaluating construction of every scene.

Other than the per individual cost (i.e., a bundle that incorporates the nourishment for the mixed drink gathering and supper and a thoroughly stocked bar and white and red wines served tableside during supper), check in case there are any extra work expenses.

Work expenses could bring about for barkeeps, coat checks, restroom orderlies, culinary specialists at food stations, designers, security, and that’s just the beginning.

Record for each work cost and add charges, if appropriate. Twofold check with every scene on conceivable secret expenses: are there any extra expenses for early arrangement or late-night party scene?

4. The bundles on offer

You’ll need to pose however many inquiries as you can when you visit every setting. See whether there are any value decreases for work day weddings. Does the statement for the setting incorporate style? What of providing food or will you need to rethink your own caterers for the large day? Do they toss in reciprocal bonbière or blossoms? Likewise, what of visitor stopping, will it be sufficient for your visitors and is it comprehensive of the scene charge or that is another cost you’ll need to factor ready?

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5. Which Venue Has Been More Responsive?

Clear correspondence is quite possibly the main lifeline with regards to wedding arranging.

You need to be certain that your forthcoming wedding organizer is responsive and speaks with you quickly – they’re not simply somebody who can deal with the large day yet in addition assist with getting it going early, as well. At the point when you are at the purpose of choosing two scenes, it merits thinking about how energetic and responsive each wedding salesman/on location facilitator has been.

It’s a decent sign of how supportive and put they’ll be in the coming months and how long you can hope to get things going ahead at a consistent speed. It merits circling back to any unanswered calls, messages, or voice messages with the goal that you know where things remain prior to settling on an official conclusion between two wedding scenes.

6. Kind of Venue

Ask yourself what sort of wedding you’ve generally envisioned about. Did you imagine yourself getting hitched in a conventional setting, stone church what not? Or then again would you say you are even more a contemporary and present day couple willing to wed in a wedding lobby with more current style? Realizing this will assist you with recognizing two wedding settings.


7. Capacity, Location & Transportation

Why are all three listed under one header? Because they all have a cascading effect on each other. The location will impact how your guests (the capacity) will get to your destination, which in turn, will impact their transportation. There’s also the factor that the number of guests will impact the choice of your venue.

So when choosing between two venues, consider these points:

  • Ensure that the venue can hold your number of guests and comfortably. Consider also how your guests will impact your budget.
  • Make sure that the location is reachable for your guests. Nothing too out there, or if in a metropolitan area, close to parking and transportation.
  • How will your guests be getting to the location? Public transportation or by car? Consider what’s the best way for your guests to turn up to your wedding.

The venue that provides you with better options will help you get one step closer to making your final decision.

8. Better Package Deals

There are a lot of venues (particularly now in COVID times) that are more than happy to offer deals if you book with them. It could be anything from a free night at their hotel or catering (although that would be limited).

Although you might get a deal, according to Martha Stewart, that can cost you around 40 to 50% of your entire budget. But if you do get a good deal out of it, then why not? That’s 50% leftover for you to invest in other things.

To make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck, Martha Stewart suggests that you inquire about the “food and beverage minimums, site fees, and other billable components could play a pertinent role in your venue selection process.”


9. Your Budget

Remember the golden rule that comes with weddings: they are going to cost more than you expect. Weddings, big or small, always spiral a little out of control and budget because there is always something that pops up. The best way to plan for it is two ways:

  1. Keep some extra money stored away in case you need it
  2. Invest wisely in your venue

The second point is our main focus here and with good reason: if you manage to find a venue that offers the majority of what you want (such as your style, capacity, and transportation needs – and yes, the package deals), and you can save money on it too, then choose it.

You can always use that money on something else – catering, a hotel for the night, and or the honeymoon– rather than spending it on the venue.

We hope that this guide can help you pick the right venue for the biggest and most exciting day of your life.

Our final verdict

Choosing a wedding setting can be a truly unpleasant choice, and frequently couples wind up conflicted between two distinct ones that appear similarly as appealing. If you’re struggling settling on two scenes that are similarly as magnificent and nothing’s truly standing apart to settle on your choice simpler, look at the aces for every setting.

Perhaps one will be more engaging than the other, or possibly it’ll assist you with narrowing down what sort of area would work, settling on your ultimate conclusion regarding where to seal the deal! So don’t worry – on the off chance that one scene isn’t great, the other may be more qualified for you!