Welcome to Part 2 of “How To Choose Your Perfect Wedding Venue”! As we mentioned in Part 1, whether you’re tying the knot overseas or having a Fort Lauderdale Wedding, the place you choose to say “I do” plays an important role in your big day. It helps to think of the perfect wedding venue as a prominent character playing the biggest role in the night of your dreams.
In case you missed it, make sure to check out How to Choose Your Perfect Wedding Venue – Part 1. With those five tips in mind, here are a few more things to consider in your search for the perfect wedding venue.
Think about your wedding from the guest’s perspective.
It’s easy to get lost in wedding planning. Your guests are the friends, family, and whoever else you want to share in the celebration. Take a moment and think about the entire wedding experience from their perspective.
Are the venue’s chairs comfortable enough? Is there plenty of available parking? Are there plenty of affordable hotels near the venue? It’s important to remember that, even though this is your big day, it’s hard to thoroughly enjoy if you feel you’re guests aren’t happy, too.
Look into flights and travel planning.
It’s rare to find a wedding full of guests living in the same city, or even the same state. In other words, having a Fort Lauderdale wedding might mean booking domestic or international flights, finding local hotels, and renting cars.
Find out how far away the nearest airport is from the venue. Check the average price of round-trip flights for traveling guests around the wedding day. This is especially significant if you choose a date near a holiday or during peak seasons for the local area.
Find out what’s included in your venue contract.
Many wedding venues have highly detailed contracts that need to be signed before you can actually reserve your date. If you’re having difficulties understanding the exact details of what’s in the contract, ask for help. This gives you an opportunity to find out exactly what their in-house services include and what else you’ll need to budget for.
It’s best to be cautious of really cheap wedding venues because you’ll most likely spend more in hidden fees later. Many venues even offer wedding package deals to make things easier that include things like flowers, lights, decorations, and catering options.
Don’t let your perfect wedding date be held hostage.
If any venue keeps trying to pressure you into signing the contract, that’s a huge red flag. Even though you’ll need to make a deposit before you can officially reserve your date, most venues will work with couples that aren’t sure yet.
This is also a good way to determine their level of customer service and how committed they are to fulfilling your vision. There are also policies like soft holds, small deposit fees, and courtesy calls often available upon request.