Space…The Final Frontier

Okay its not the final but it should be the first thing you have in mind when you are booking a venue. Here are some tips on the things you need to consider when booking your venue.

1. Does it fit your budget? Your reception will take up the majority of your budget. This includes the venue, food, decor, etc. . The majority of bridal magazines say your reception should fall around 45 to 47%. So do not take up most of that on your venue. Unless, it is so spectacular you don’t need much decor…which brings me to ….

The Hermitage: Throne Hall by Uhu

2. How much space needs decor? Some venues are just one big, wide, open space and in order to transfer it you need draping, dance floor, tables and chairs…you get the point it starts to add up. The bigger the space the more you need to fill it. If your ceremony and reception are in same building that is great. You also need to consider, the entrance, the cocktail area, the reception area, are you going to have a lounge? If your cocktail area and your reception are not in the same area then you need to consider your bartender. Are there more than one? Do they have a portable bar?

3. What does the venue include? Does the venue include your tables and chairs? Always ask to see the space. Always ask to see the tables and chairs. Are they standard chairs (consider this when ordering chair covers). Do they have the tables you want? Most brides use the traditional round tables, but the venue may have square tables. Which means less people at a table, and more tables, and linens.

There are many other aspects you need to keep in mind while choosing your venue. You can learn more in our upcoming IDO Bridal Tea.
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