Finding the right wedding venue can seem like a daunting task. Here at A Bargain Minister in Denver, we have a few tips that can help you in your search. The venue is one of the first things that couples need to choose because “when” and “where” are the first questions people have for the new couple. The place often determines quite a few details, so choosing wisely may seem difficult.
One of the first things to do when finding the right wedding venue is to figure out how much you want to spend for all the things you need for your wedding. You don’t want to spend so much for your venue that you can’t afford the florist or the DJ. Your budget will help you determine the kind of wedding you want to have and what details are most important to you.
The Initial Search
Because the many venue details may be a bit overwhelming and your initial search may seem a bit frustrating, keeping a spreadsheet of the details will help you remember and keep you organized. It also allows you see at a glance which Denver wedding venues meet your needs. Come up with a healthy list of venue options (online searches are great for this). Your spreadsheet can include such items as:
- Name of the venue
- Type (hotel, park, restaurant, etc.)
- Web address so you can refer back
- Facility extras
- Catering (in-house, restrictions, preferred caterers)
- Parking and transportation
Is the Venue Affordable?
Make no mistake, your budget really is very important. If your budget is $4,000 for your wedding venue, don’t keep that $20,000 location on your list. If you have questions, be sure to track down answers. Get a detailed proposal from the site you are considering, if possible. A detailed proposal will help with getting real numbers and detailed information.
Save the Date
Rather than picking a date and then being disappointed when your venue is not available, it may be easier to pick a season or time of year and have some flexibility to get the venue that works best for your needs. When finding the right wedding venue, confirm their availability early in your search to avoid disappointment.
Consider Alternative Venues
If you are working with a tight budget, something we at A Bargain Minister in Denver understand well, consider using less-considered alternatives. Outdoor spaces, theatres, parks, houses, schools, or other spaces may provide less expensive options because they are not often used for weddings. How about your own back yard? These venues may require a little more creativity and flexibility but they can offer some beautiful and affordable locations for your special day.
Narrow Your Choices
Go through your spreadsheet with a keen eye and eliminate those that definitely don’t fit your needs. If the venue doesn’t give you a positive feeling, pay attention to that and eliminate that venue. Once you have narrowed your options, ask tougher questions to figure out which one will work best for you. Do you have to pay for extra time? Is the space really going to fit your guests comfortably? Will you have to spend more to get the look you want?
Finding the right wedding venue can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Contact us here at A Bargain Minster in Denver and we can help you with finding a venue to suit your needs and your budget.