There is a lot to consider when choosing your venue

There are so many things to consider... How big of a space do you need, do you want a bridal suite, will you be having it all at one location, the list goes on and on. This is my complete guide to choosing a wedding venue that is right for you.

Do you have a specific date in mind?

Whether you choose a wedding date or venue first depends on your goals as a couple. If you have a specific date in mind that's special to you, you might choose a venue that's available at that time. However, if it's more important to select your dream venue, it helps to be more flexible and have a few dates in mind.



A farm setting can offer gorgeous natural scenery if you want a relaxed and rustic vibe for your big day.


Getting married at a vineyard is a great option for wine lovers. Many have an accompanying winery where couples can host indoor activities.

Country clubs

Many country clubs have beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces for a traditional wedding celebration. Some have sprawling golf courses and on-site catering too.

Historical sites

If you and your partner are history or architecture enthusiasts, you can celebrate your wedding at a historical space, like an old estate.


Couples inviting many out-of-town guests can benefit from choosing a hotel or resort for their wedding. Many hotels offer in-house catering and other amenities. Plus, everyone can stay over after the celebration ends.

Designated venues

This would be a venue that designates itself specifically for weddings. They usually offer one day or weekend long packages to accommodate a complete wedding.

Destination wedding venues

Work with a local wedding planner

One of the best ways to streamline the planning process and find the ideal venue for a destination wedding is by working with a planner from that area. They can help you coordinate with vendors, and they'll be more familiar with your venue options. They'll also be able to help you with legal requirements at your destination.

limit your guest list

If you want to have your wedding out of the state or country, keeping the guest list small is best. Look into travel arrangements and logistics before locking down a venue to ensure your guests have the most seamless experience.

take care of paperwork @ home

Getting legally married at a destination wedding can be very complicated. We suggest taking care of the legal paperwork at home so you can focus on the celebration.


When looking at wedding venues, finding a location with a respectful staff and inclusive accommodations is important. Explore the considerations for the following types of weddings:

lgbtq+ Weddings

LGBTQ+ couples can use resources to find inclusive vendors and venues. Choosing a destination that fully supports your union is best if you want to get married out of the country.

interfaith ceremonies

An interfaith ceremony can be beautiful and encompass the beliefs and values of both individuals. Be upfront when exploring potential venues and ask if they have any religious restrictions. Find a venue that will allow you to incorporate traditions and personal touches from both faiths.


Couples looking to have a culturally-specific celebration should prioritize finding a venue that caters to their unique needs. Again, be transparent with potential venues and ensure they can accommodate the customs and traditions that mean the most to you and your partner. Likewise, working with vendors who understand your cultural background can be highly beneficial.

How to pick a wedding venue : step by step



When choosing the right venue, consider how you want your big day to look and feel. The wedding style you decide on will inform what types of venues are right for you and your soon-to-be spouse.

Popular wedding styles include the following:

  • Romantic
  • Vintage
  • Rustic
  • Modern
  • Bohemian
  • Whimsical
  • Traditional

With an understanding of what aesthetic you are aiming for, you'll also want to note how many guests you are inviting and your budget limitations.

Step two : Set your wedding day & make a list of potential venues

Next, decide what time of year you would like to get married. Once you have an idea of the season and month, narrow down some dates that are suitable for you and your partner.

Create a list of potential venues while keeping the following in mind:

  • Budget 
  • Estimated guest list count
  • Wedding style

Step three : visit the venues on

your lsit

After creating your list of possible venues, schedule a visit to each location. While you are exploring your options, be sure to take note of the following elements:

  • Size
  • Layout
  • Overall ambiance

Don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions during your visit to each potential venue. Ensure you inquire about the availability of each site and rental prices.

Step four : evaluate the venues amenities & services

Once you know if a venue is within your budget and suits your vision, evaluate the amenities and services they offer. 

Check the availability of each site's offers, such as:

  • Catering
  • Tables
  • Seating
  • Parking
  • Bridal suite

Some venues may have other attractive offerings, like an in-house wedding planner or floral arrangement services. Assess each site's customer service and consider if it is a good fit for you and your partner.

Step Five : Consider the venues location & ACCESSIBILITY

Two vital factors to consider when choosing a wedding venue are location and accessibility.

Look at your guest list and what unique needs some of your guests may require, such as accessible parking or special seating arrangements. If your loved ones are traveling to your wedding, they may need nearby hotel accommodations.

Step Six : Read reviews

Before booking your wedding venue, spend some time reading reviews on sites like WeddingWire and The Knot for the locations you are considering. Asking friends and family members who previously planned weddings for vendor recommendations can also be highly beneficial. They may have insight to help you make the right decisions.

Step Seven : Compare and make

a decision

Creating a list of pros and cons for each wedding venue can help you compare and contrast the following features to make the right decision:

  • Locations
  • Amenities
  • Aesthetics
  • Costs
  • Reviews

Consider which site has the most advantages for you and your partner within the set budget.

Step Eight : Confirm your booking and plan for your wedding

Once you've evaluated all your potential venue options and narrowed the list down to your desired location, it is time to confirm your booking.

Most venues recommend reserving your venue at least one year in advance to ensure you have adequate time for planning.

A professional wedding planner can help guide you through the rest of the process and decide on the final details, including:

  • Catering menus
  • Decorations
  • Music

Step Nine : Enjoy your wedding day at your chosen venue

After finding the perfect location and planning the details of your special day, it is time to celebrate. The final step is to enjoy your wedding day with your partner and loved ones at the venue of your dreams.