First congrats on your engagement! Welcome to the wonderland that is planning your dream wedding. My goal with this blog and as an event planner is to make your planning easier and stress free! Weddings can be so stressful so it’s important to have a little bit of help from the experts no matter if you are hiring a wedding planner or doing it yourself.
So today let’s chat about how to pick your perfect venue. There are a few things to consider when find your perfect venue so let’s go over those and how they all help choose your venue.
VISION – What is your vision for your day? Even if you don’t have a specific vision in mind you probably have a feeling that you want everyone to experience. Is there a colour scheme, is it rustic and relaxed, or classy and glamorous. When you start looking at venues you will see they all have a feel to them. The Whitewood Barn is perfect for a mix of rustic glam bringing together outdoor space and the most beautiful barn wedding. The Hotel MacDonald is instantly stunning, classy and luxurious with it’s detailed architecture. You want to only spend your time looking at venues that fit your feeling. The same thing goes for colours. If you want a rich burgundy and greenery look then going with the beautiful icicle blue theme of the Renaissance Hotel may not be for you. On the other side if you are creating a wedding theme full of whites and silvers the Renaissance Hotel is perfect. Starting here is going to make it easy to take what doesn’t work for you off your list and leave what does.
BUDGET – The next to consider is budget. Your venue and food is going to take a large chunk of your budget so you definitely want to pick a venue that fits your style but also your budget. We need to save room for all the other areas of your wedding that important to you. I’ve seen a lot of brides go right for the high end hotels in the city, and I was totally one of them when I was getting married. BUT you soon realize how much of a chunk that takes out of your wedding budget and when everything adds up it can explode your budget very fast. So my recommendation is think about what you would like to spend on food, also consider if the venue has a room rental rate. Some have some pretty hefty rental rates while others will waive that rate when you spend a certain amount on food and beverage.
If you haven’t checked out our Edmonton Wedding Venue Guide then you are going to definitely want to! It has all the Wedding reception venues in Edmonton with photos of the rooms, rental rates, capacities, and will really help you narrow down the venues you want to explore. Best of all it’s FREE! I just want to help you plan your dream wedding.
CAPACITY – Another HUGE one. If you are having a wedding with 200 guests then there is no point in looking at a space that only has ballrooms for 100. This is an easy one to narrow down your wedding reception list. Also in our Edmonton Wedding Venue Guide is all the capacities and if you go to the back we have each hotel sorted into a category based on their available capacity. Making the planning super easy.
COLOURS – As I said above picking a venue that fits your colour scheme is important. I have a wedding this year that is filled with greenery and lots of burgundy, creams and blush. There is no point in us looking at a venue that goes against that colour scheme like the Renaissance Hotel I mentioned above. Instead I can look through out venue guide and pick out places that are perfect matches. lIke the matrix hotel,
LOCATION – A few things to consider when thinking location… Is the ceremony and reception locations close to each other? What is the proximity to hotels for out of town guests? Are guests required to travel to get to the destination? All things to think about when picking your venues.
CREATIVE/DIY/READY TO GO – Some places are perfect, they have all the feels you are looking for and some rooms have what I like to call “really good bones” which means the room itself needs some work but it can be brought to life based on what features it does have. So decide if you want a ready to go room or if you want to put a little creativity in to the design. Sometimes the ready to go rooms are a bit pricier but then you are spending less on the decor, or sometimes you get a steal of a deal for a hall but you need to bring in a lot of decor. Decide how much you want to put into the room and then select your venues you want to look at based on that.
Now that you know what to look for make sure to download our FREE Edmonton Wedding Guide to compare all the wedding venues and find your perfect location!