1. Bring a notebook.
Even if you just leave it in the car and take notes when you get back, having a notebook is key! There are so many details to think about, jotting them down will help you make a decision later.
2. Take photos!
If you are like me, you will be visiting several potential wedding venues which can get overwhelming. Take a couple of snapshots of your favorite features of each venue so you don’t forget what they looked like and felt like when you were there. Try downloading the free app for Evernote. You can take images right in the app and write your notes in the same spot from your phone!
3. Check out the bathrooms.
This is huge! You don’t want to be surprised by a gross bathroom on your wedding day… and neither do your guests!
4. Ask about the alcohol policy.
If you are planning on having adult beverages at your event, be sure to investigate each wedding venue’s policy and local town/state policies. There are all sorts of rules surrounding time frames, who can serve it and who pays for it. Don’t be surprised later, your budget could be greatly impacted!
5. Establish your budget beforehand.
The wedding venue is more than likely one of the top three areas you’ll be spending your budget. Setting the budget ahead of time will prevent disappointment (and disagreements) down the line. If any loved ones may be contributing to the wedding, casually bring up that you are setting the budget by a certain date so you can begin venue hunting and without making any assumptions. I love this budget tool at TheKnot.com.
6. Have a master excel sheet for comparison purposes.
Be sure to include cost estimates, whether or not the wedding venue caters, how many guests can be accommodated, what the rental comes with, what you loved best, etc. There are lots of moving parts to a wedding and costs associated with them, comparing each wedding venue side by side will give you a fuller picture of what you’re getting.
7. Don’t forget why you are there.
You are getting ready to spend the rest of your life with the love of your life. Everything else is secondary to that in the scheme of things, including a potiential wedding venue. Prioritizing and staying realistic will help keep everything in perspective and focused on what is important: your marriage and continuing to deepen your relationship with your future spouse.
What tips do you have for fellow brides and grooms? Share them in the comments below!