Wedding Planning

10 TIPS HOW TO BOOK A PERFECT VENUE

TEN TIPS HOW TO BOOK THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE

Shopping for a wedding venue can be very stressful, especially when you're looking for the perfect one. There are just so many choices to pick from and you only need one. Below are some great tips to help you select the best one wedding venue for you, as well as what to do once you found the perfect one. Good luck on finding the perfect wedding venue. Feel free to ask us questions, tell us about your experience and how our tips have worked for you. Now go out there and find the Perfect Wedding Venue! “Cheers to your happily ever after!” Alex Diaz + Josh Ponder

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STEP 1: Narrow it Down to Two Venues

Narrowing down your choices will make it easier for you to make a final decision. Selecting your perfect venue is one of the most important choices you’ll make during your wedding planning stage.

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STEP 2: Explore all Potential Dates

Once you found the perfect venue, there is always the chance that it may be booked for the date you seek. Explore all potential dates to obtain the best rates and for greater chances to have your date available.

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STEP 3: Schedule a Walkthrough

A great way to narrow your choices is by actually doing a walk through. It is only this way that you will see for yourself if the venue is the perfect one for you. Some venues look great in pictures but may be far from good in person. Other venues just be a bit too much and end up not being the atmosphere you’d like for your wedding.

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STEP 4: Inquire About Sunday and Weekend Prices

Today every couple is looking to save and break the normal. It is becoming more and more popular to have weddings during the week and on Sundays. Most venues will offer special rates on weekdays and Sundays. IF you’re trying to save money this will certainly be the best option.

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STEP 5: Confirm if There is Another Wedding or Event on Your Date

Some venues schedule a morning wedding and an evening wedding. It’s always a good idea to know ahead of time and to find out how your day will flow. Some venues have this routine very well set while others don’t. You certainly want to make sure your wedding gets treated as it should, so make sure you ask how things will work. If this sounds like something that will not work for you then you can choose a different venue.

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STEP 6: Examine What's Included, Rules, and Vendor's Set Up Time

It’s important to know what each venue will be providing you with. Some venues include the set up for the ceremony, including the hairs and other accessories. This can certainly save you money. Some venues also include the linens for the reception. Confirm what’s included as well as how many hours will be given to your other vendors to set up. Don’t forget to ask for rules and restrictions. Most venues require each additional vendor to provide their own insurance. Confirm all details.

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STEP 7: If Outdoors, Have a Bad Weather Back Up Plan

Good planning is being ready for all possibilities. If your wedding is outdoors, you should ask your venue coordinator if there’s a back up plan for bad weather. Some venues will have options while others will leave it completely up to you to deal with. Be prepared ahead of time and avoid headaches.

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STEP 8: Review Contract Before Signing

This applies to all contracts but be extra careful and be sure to read your contract thoroughly before signing. If you have any questions or concerns be sure to ask and if you need for something to be updated, wait until a new contract is ready before signing. Make sure that any special promotions or incentives should be on the contract. Lastly, you should ask about what the cancellation policy is like. The more you know the better.

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STEP 9: Book Atleast One Year in Advance

This is the golden rule and you should totally follow it when the option is available. You should book your venue at least one year in advance. This will increase the possibilities of having your date open as well as allow you the chance to get the best rates.

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STEP 10: On Your Wedding Day be Sure to do a Venue Quality Check

Have your DOC run a walk through and take notes of any broken fixtures, stains on the carpet and items that belong to the venue that need to be accounted for. Most couples forget to do this and end up having to pay fees at the end of the wedding.

 

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Alex & Josh

Alex Diaz

Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder are Los Angeles Wedding Photographers and Wedding Planners providing services all over Southern California from San Diego to Santa Barbara.