Choosing the right venue is one of the most critical decisions when planning your wedding or event. The venue sets the tone for your celebration, influences your decor choices, and impacts the overall experience for your guests. In this blog post, we’ll dive into essential information about various types of venues, from elegant ballrooms to rustic barns, and provide you with tips to help you find the perfect location for your special day. Whether you’re seeking a grand space or an intimate setting, we’ve got you covered with insights to make your venue selection process smooth and enjoyable.

Without a venue you have a hope & a dream…
A signed contract & deposit with a venue CONFIRMS your date!
🤷‍♀️How do you choose?
🤷‍♀️How many do you research & tour?
🤷‍♀️What questions do you ask?
💰First you need to have a full budget consultation to know what you’re comfortable in spending in your entire wedding (not attire, rings, honeymoon)… OVERALL not %/$ per items
*Remember you still have to pay for Officiant, planner/coordinator, food, beverages, decor, photo/video, entertainment, print, etc… (Average 15-25 vendors on wedding/ event day)
*So many times couples fall in love with venues out of their comfortable spending budget… then sacrifice other vendors be mindful in your overall budget and what all is included truly!
What’s the occupancy rate, size of event?
🪑Does it fit your guest size?
🌏Where is it located?
🏢✈️Near hotels, near airports?
🚙Can Uber pick up there?
What’s your vision and style?
🔍How much decor will you need to bring in?
🔍What’s included?
🔍When can deliveries take place?
🔍When do rentals need to be picked up?
* Remember weekend delivery/pickup are extra!
* Remember shorter the window of those times more expensive fees are
Food & Beverage questions:
🍽Do they have in-house catering or require certain catering teams
🍽Do they have in-house bar services
🍽Do they allow beer, wine, liquor?
🍽Do they require security?
🍽Do they have an ABC permit or do you need to get that?
🍽Do they include linens, China, flatware, glassware?
🍽Do they have tables?
🍽What does the prep area look like?
🍽What does load in look like?
🍽Ask about trash & recycling?
🍽Do they have an ice machine
How many hours do you have the property?
⌛️12 hours is best
⌛️Can you get in early for hair & makeup
⌛️Again deliveries/set up, clean-up/pick up items
Other questions-
💡Power location & how much
💡Do they have ac/heat?
💡Do they have indoor plumbing or restroom trailers
💡Getting ready rooms (2 separate spaces)
💡Parking areas for guests and vendors
💡Vendor room and/or storage
💡Rain plan
💡Golf carts for guests
💡Staffing on-site day of event
💡Final walkthrough?
💡Photos prior- is there a cost?
💡Do they allow pets
💡Look for water features for safety especially if you have kids attending
💡Ask for a copy of their policies and procedures
Hopefully this will assist you in picking RIGHT venue for your vision….
💖A wedding/event planner can assist with narrowing down options…
💖Knot Your Average Events has several blogs on venues w/ lists of several we’ve toured & worked with…. see our website for more info