How to Choose the Right Wedding Venue

How to choose the right wedding venue when you start your planning

Whether you’re looking for a large or small, indoor or outdoor wedding venue… choosing the location for your I Dos is a crucial step in the wedding planning process. It sets the tone for your big day and it impacts nearly every other part of your wedding, especially your budget. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect venue for your wedding…

1. Begin with Budget
Before you start looking at venues, it’s important to determine how much you can afford to spend. This will help you narrow down your options and ensure that you don’t fall in love with a venue that’s out of your price range.

2. Size Matters
The size of your wedding will impact the type of venue you choose. If you’re having a small, intimate wedding, you may want to consider a private estate or a waterfront Airbnb. On the other hand, if you’re having a larger wedding, you’ll need a venue that can accommodate a larger guest list.

3. Location, location, location: Consider the location of the venue in relation to where you and your guests will be staying. You’ll want to choose a venue that’s easily accessible and not too far from hotels or transportation.  Good options are some of the Muskoka resort wedding venues, they offer on-site accommodations in addition to the wedding venue itself. This makes travel logistics much simpler for everyone.

Trillium Resort and Spa in Port Sydney

Trillium Resort wedding venue in the heart of Muskoka

4. Style
Consider the overall aesthetic of the venue and whether it fits with your desired wedding theme. Do you want a rustic, outdoor wedding or a formal, indoor event? Make sure the venue you choose aligns with your style and vision.

5. Amenities
Some venues offer in-house catering, while others allow you to bring in your own vendors. Consider what amenities are important to you and whether the venue you’re considering offers them.  Many venues will offer all-inclusive wedding packages where they provide the venue, food, drinks, DJ, planner etc.  While it naturally comes with a price tag, it also provides a less stressful experience for those who do not enjoy planning big events.

Choosing the Right Wedding Venue

6. Don’t forget the logistics
Make sure the venue has adequate parking, restrooms, and a backup plan in case of lousy weather. These may seem like small details, but they can have a big impact on the overall success of your wedding.

7. Take a tour
Read online reviews from couples who have previously gotten married at the venues you’re considering. This can give you a good idea of the venue’s reputation and the level of service they provide.  Once you’re happy with the feedback, request a tour with the venues coordinator and prepare questions ahead of time so you don’t miss anything.

Tangle Creek Wedding Photos (3)

Choosing a wedding venue is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Take your time, do your research, and don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. The right venue will help make your wedding day unforgettable.

PS.  The popular wedding venues book up fast and often 1.5 to 2 years in advance so don’t diddle dally. Here’s a wedding checklist to help keep you on track :)


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