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Choosing a wedding venue is one of the key components to wedding planning. The venue is where the wedding will take place, so it’s important to look for a venue that will serve not only its purpose, but one that is also cost-effective with potential wedding packages that might influence your decision. There are plenty of wedding venue options. You might choose a bed and breakfast, many of which offer wedding packages with included specials for your big day and your guests, or you might choose to rent out a barn or have a traditional wedding in a church. Whichever you choose, here are some key factors you should consider:

Location, location, location | Where is the wedding venue located? That is the first question you should be asking yourself. Do you want a nearby wedding close to your friends and family, or are you looking at a venue a couple hours away? Or, are you going all out and choosing to do a destination wedding? Whichever you choose, keep yourself and your guests in mind.

What is located around the venue? Is the reception nearby? These are the secondary questions you should be asking. Look for a venue that is near the reception if you’re having them in separate venues. Also, consider your distant guests. Are there hotels nearby for them to stay at if they traveled? Some venues, like hotels or bed and breakfasts allow you to rent out the entire place for your guests, so they can have a room to stay in that is directly at the wedding venue.

Look for Specials or Packages Offered at the Venue | Some venues, like hotel ball rooms, bed and breakfasts, or churches, offer specials and packages for your wedding. Some venues might cater food to your wedding party, while others may not. For venues with rooms for your guests, ask if there are any special rates for large parties.


Consider Weather Contingency Plan | Are you looking to have your wedding at an outdoor venue? Consider the possibility of rain, wind, or other potential bad weather. What is the venue’s plan for bad weather? Do they have an option for an indoor wedding?

Guest Accomodations | There is plenty more to consider for a wedding venue, especially for your guests. Here are some questions you should be asking:

  • Does the venue offer parking on site? How much parking? Are there special parking accomodations for handicapped?
  • Is the venue accesible for disabled or handicapped guests?
  • How many restrooms are there? There should be at least four restroom per 100 people.
  • Does the venue have a liability license in the event someone were to get injured?
  • Does the venue provide coat check for guests? This is definitely an important question to ask for winter weddings. You don’t want guests draping their coats over chairs and having them hang on to them.


Wedding Set-Up | Consider a venue that might help you set up your wedding. Some venues provide on-site wedding decor set-up, depending on their services. Additionally, you should inquire whether or not you are allowed to move things around at a particular venue. Also, inquire about your vendors. When can they begin set-up?

There are endless questions to that you should ask when choosing the right wedding venue. For things you should be considering, visit Here Comes the Guide.

About the Author: Jane is a guest contributor from Cameo Heights Mansion, a bed and breakfast in Touchet, Washington, also offering wedding venue options and wedding packages.

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